The Phillies announced a number of roster changes before tonight’s game. Deadline Collections Noah Syndergaard Y brandon swamp have been activated. Pitcher Kyle Gibson has been reinstated from the duel list with the infielder Jean Segura being activated from the 60-day disabled list. Three spots were created on the active roster after last night’s game, with the right-hander apple brandleft handed Bailey Falter and gardener Simon Muzziotti everyone getting options. To create space on the active and 40-man rosters for Segura, they have released the infielder Didi Gregory.
Gregorius, 32, is perhaps best known for the five-year stint with the Yankees from 2015 to 2019. In that time, he played in 660 games, hitting 97 home runs, stealing 27 bases and slashing .269/.313/. 446 for a 101 wRC+.
After hitting free agency, he signed a one-year, $14 million deal with the Phillies for 2020, then hit 10 home runs in the shortened season and produced a .284/.339/.488 overall line, 116 wRC+. After that successful campaign in Philadelphia, the two sides renewed a two-year, $28 million contract that unfortunately preceded an incredible drop in shortstop production.
Last season, Gregorius hit a measly .209/.270/.370, 68 wRC+, meaning his production was 32% worse than the league average hitter. After that lousy season, his understanding of the shortstop job for 2022 seemed tenuous at best. Philadelphia president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski publicly admitted as much in October.
Although there was a superstar class of shortstops available in free agency this winter (Carlos Correa, corey seager, Javier Baez, Trevor’s story, marcus semien), the Phils focused on improving their outfield, adding kyle schwarber Y Nick Castellanos. Although they apparently lost faith in Gregorius, they felt they had a possible internal solution at shortstop with prospect Bryson Stott.
Stott tore up the Opening Day roster and appeared to be in some sort of competition for playing time in the infield alongside second baseman. Jean Segura. With Gregorious and third base Alec Böhm Having had off years in 2021, Stott was given time at various infield positions to start the year. However, he struggled to get out of the gate, being sent back to the minors on April 25. At the time, he was hitting just .133/.161/.167. Those fights seemed to give Gregorious and Bohm more time to get back on track.
In May, Stott was recalled, which was followed a few weeks later by Segura breaking his finger, opening the infield for all three of Stott, Gregorius and Bohm. In that time, Stott and Bohm have improved after a slow start, while Didi just hasn’t. Since June 1, Stott has hit seven home runs and is slashing .227/.296/.384. That’s still below average production (90 wRC+), but it comes despite a .222 batting average on balls in play. Meanwhile, Bohm struggled through June but had a monster July, hitting .405/.427/.583 since the month began. Gregorius had a strong start to the year, hitting .288/.338/.356 through May for a 96 wRC+, but he’s slashed .181/.234/.284 since then, just 42 wRC+ since the start of June and 57 in the season in general. With the return of Segura and Bohm and Stott as their best options, the Phils decided it was time to put Gregorius behind them as they prepare for a pennant race over the final two months of the season.
Gregorius is making $15.25 million this year as part of that two-year deal he signed, leaving about $5 million to pay. Any team signing him at that point would only have to pay him the league’s prorated minimum with the Phillies on the hook for the rest.