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