The Philadelphia Phillies made a tough decision on Thursday afternoon with their veteran shortstop.
Didi Gregorius, who has had a difficult season, hitting just .210 with one home run and 19 RBI in 63 games, has been released.
Gregorius was signed to a two-year deal prior to the start of the 2021 season.
However, Gregorius hit just .209 a season ago and hasn’t really been any better this season.
As Jean Segura returns from the 60-day injured list, Gregorius is on his way out the door after a tough few seasons.
Phillies insider Matt Gelb took to Twitter and noted the financial sacrifice the Phils are making as they let Gregorius go.
It looks like the Phillies are going to be eating roughly $5 million.
Gregorius hit .181/.234/.284 in 167 PA since being activated from IL on June 5. He singled in 5th inning yesterday for his 999th career hit, and I wonder if he still batted later in the game against a lefty to go for 1,000. Phillies eat about $5 million here.
— Matt Gelb (@MattGelb) August 4, 2022
Phillies Release Gregorius
That’s a tough break for the Phillies.
Gregorius was signed to a two-year contract, and the move just didn’t pan out for the Phils.
He is not quite what he was during his days with the New York Yankees.
His best season came in 2017 when he hit .287 and popped 25 homers, driving in 87 runs.
Since his days in New York, it’s been a struggle for Gregorius.
Now, the question is whether or not a team will be willing to take on any of his salary to give him another chance.
There could be a team that could use his services at some point down the stretch.
He could be a veteran bench bat at the very least and provide some depth.
Perhaps the Atlanta Braves could have an opening for him after letting Robinson Cano go.
The Phillies are taking on a large portion of the contract, so we’ll have to see if a team is willing to take on a portion of his salary at some point in the future.