Is Didi Gregorius Coming Back To The Yankees?
There may not be a member of the New York Yankees post-Derek Jeter that was more loved than shortstop Didi Gregorius. After spending five seasons as one of the Yankees middle infielders Didi was left unsigned and joined his former manager Joe Girardi with the Philadelphia Phillies. Now a year later there's a chance that Sir Didi could return to the Bronx.
The theory that could have Didi back here in New York is if the Yankees miss out on resigning reigning batting champ DJ LeMahieu there would be an opening in the infield. Obviously, the goal is to get LeMahieu back but if a team like the Toronto Blue Jays offers say five years $110 to $125 million and the Yankees decide not to match it then boom Didi is back. This is an idea that many fans and insiders have considered but the TV voice of the Yankees and New York City PM drive radio host Micheal Kay actually asked Gregorius about a potential reunion. An article in the New York Post added to the growing speculation and posted Didi's answer.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen, all I can say is I had a really good time playing there. But at the end, it’s in their hands. Who knows what’s going to happen in the future with LeMahieu or with the Yankees and all that stuff? They’re making their decision of what they plan to do.”
That answer is far from a "please sign me" but it's also not Didi saying he doesn't want to return. There is confirmation that the Cincinnati Reds have been in touch with the free-agent shortstop so the clock is ticking on both Didi and LeMahieu. The plus of "settling" would be Didi is a natural shortstop and Gleyber Torres could move back to second base where he's far more comfortable. Not bringing back LeMahieu would definitely upset fans but Didi's return would be a hit for sure.