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The Philadelphia Phillies are reuniting manager Joe Girardi with one of his former players, reportedly signing free-agent shortstop Didi Gregorius.

The New York Post’s Joel Sherman first reported the news, via Twitter. According to WFAN’s Sweeny Murti, it’s a one-year deal bringing Gregorius to Philadelphia.

Gregorius returned in June from Tommy John surgery, beating his expected timeline with an eight-month return. However, he didn’t show the same power at the plate in 2019 with just 16 home runs and a .441 SLG.

The 29-year-old is just a year removed from three consecutive seasons with 20-plus home runs and could reach that mark next year more than a year removed from TJS.

It’s an opportunity for Gregorius to rebuild his value, with a chance to increase his power numbers in a hitter-friendly park. The move is another push by the Phillies, who signed Zack Wheeler, to become a contender in 2020.

Matt Johnson
NFL, MLB & college football writer for Sportsnaut. Graduated from San Diego State University with BA in Journalism, 2019. Grew up in Sacramento, now based in Indianapolis. Seen on MSN. Previously: eDraft, The Connection, With the First Pick