Report: Phillies sign Didi Gregorius to one-year, $14 million deal

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Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Phillies have signed shortstop Didi Gregorius. WFAN’s Sweeny Murti reports that it’s a one-year deal. Per Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia, the pact is for $14 million.

Gregorius, 29, is coming off of a down year and was recently reported as being willing to take a one-year deal in order to reestablish his value. This past season, he hit .238/.276/.441 with 16 home runs and 61 RBI across 344 plate appearances. Gregorius underwent Tommy John surgery in October 2018 and didn’t make his 2019 season debut until June 7.

The rumors of Gregorius to the Phillies surfaced as soon as the club hired Joe Girardi as the new manager. Girardi managed Gregorius with the Yankees from 2015-17 and has spoken highly of the shortstop.

Gregorius will take over shortstop from Jean Segura. The Phillies, who non-tendered both César Hernández and Maikel Franco last week, could move Segura to either second base or third base depending on what other additions they make this offseason and where they want to play Scott Kingery.

Royals, Alex Gordon close to contract agreement

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MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that the Royals and outfielder Alex Gordon are “getting close” to an agreement on a one-year contract. Terms of the deal aren’t yet known, but the Royals could make it official within the next few days.

Gordon, who turns 36 years old next month, hit .266/.345/.396 with 13 home runs and 76 RBI over 633 plate appearances with the Royals this past season. His offense has waned, owning an adjusted OPS of 84 since 2016 (100 is average), but he still plays decent defense.

Gordon has spent all 13 years of his major league career with the Royals. With the club in a rebuilding phase, he will serve as the clubhouse leader and be a mentor to younger players on the roster.