Didi Gregorius, Philadelphia Phillies heading towards divorce

Aug 12, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) tosses his helmet in the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 12, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) tosses his helmet in the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports /
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It is clear that the Philadelphia Phillies want to move on from Didi Gregorius. They have refused to guarantee him a spot in the starting lineup for the 2022 season and would love to find a taker for his contract. The Phillies clearly have a case of buyer’s remorse after bringing him back on a two year deal worth $28 million.

Gregorius seems to want out as well. After putting Yankees’ throwback posts on his Instagram, he tweeted out a video showing him working out with former New York teammates Gio Urshela and Gleyber Torres. Meanwhile, there are videos of his Phillies’ teammates working out together.

Philadelphia Phillies, Didi Gregorius ready to part ways

Gregorius was a key part of the Phillies lineup in 2020. He had signed a one year deal as Philadelphia was looking for a possible stopgap at the position and ended up posting one of the best seasons of his career. He posted a .284/.339/.488 batting line in his 237 plate appearances, hitting ten homers and ten doubles. That production made his two year contract an easy decision for the Phillies.

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However, Gregorius imploded last year. He posted a disappointing .209/.270/.370 batting line, hitting 13 homers and 16 doubles in his 408 plate appearances. Just one year after posting what may have been his best season, he followed up with his worst.

But there may be a taker for Gregorius. The Yankees need a shortstop and are not overly enamored with the idea of blocking their top prospects. He may not be the exciting player that the Yankees’ fanbase had been hoping for, but he had performed well in his previous stint with the franchise and clearly wants to return.

That may be the only real option for the Phillies if they are going to move on from Gregorius. Releasing him outright, as farfetched as it may have seemed, may not be out of the question when it was said that his spot with the team was not guaranteed. If the Phillies can get anything for Gregorius, even if it is just the salary relief, would be a victory at this point.

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The Philadelphia Phillies and Didi Gregorius are ready to part ways with each other. It is just a matter of time before this happens.