It’s now “former” because the Phillies had enough and decided to release him.
“The Phillies announce the following transactions: CF Brandon Marsh and RHP Noah Syndergaard have reported to the club. INF Jean Segura has been reinstated from the 60-day IL. RHP Kyle Gibson has been activated from the Bereavement List. INF Didi Gregorius has been released,” they tweeted on Thursday.
The Phillies announce the following transactions:
CF Brandon Marsh and RHP Noah Syndergaard have reported to the club.
INF Jean Segura has been reinstated from the 60-day IL.
RHP Kyle Gibson has been activated from the Bereavement List.
INF Didi Gregorius has been released.
— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) August 4, 2022
Before 2021, Gregorius signed a two-year, $28 million contract to play in Philadelphia, but it has been a disaster.
That was after a solid 2020 in which he slashed .284/.339/.488 with 10 home runs in 60 games.
However, in 2021, he hit .209/.270/.370, and he was even worse in 2022 with a .210/.263/.304 line.
The Phillies needed the roster spot for their new acquisitions, and Gregorius’ performance was hard to justify.
Between Andrew McCutchen, Didi Gregorius, and Nick Castellanos, the Phillies have spent a lot of money the past few years on guys who were supposed to be really good at hitting the baseball, but aren’t.
— David Esser (@DavidEsser_) July 24, 2022
In three years with the Phils, Gregorius has had a .689 OPS.
Gregorius Never Lived Up To Expectations In Philadelphia
That performance is too bad for a player who earned $42 million over the last three years.
Gregorius is one of the funniest, most well-liked players in the league, and had several good years with the New York Yankees starting in 2015.
Thanks to Didi Gregorius for his service to the Phillies he was a good dude.#GoPhils ⚾️
— BigpussyWalnuts (@BigPussyWalnut) August 4, 2022
He seems, however, like he regressed earlier than anticipated.
It happens sometimes.
At 32 years old, he seems unlikely to regain his best form, especially considering that his underlying stats have been declining for a while.
That’s one of the reasons the Yanks let him go after the 2019 season.
Fans all over the league have said via Twitter that they are OK with their team taking a chance on Gregorius, since he would be cheap.
The Phillies just released Didi Gregorius, @Angels please pick him up!
— Chris Geryak (@ChrisGeryak) August 4, 2022
Do the White Sox win the waiver wire with adding Jackie Bradley Jr, Dinelson Lamet and Didi Gregorius?
— GREGO (@GregoLando) August 4, 2022
Given the low risk involved, another team will surely give the shortstop a chance.