In reality, it’s going to take a lot of convincing (and dollar eating from the Phillies) to make Gregorius a viable stopgap shortstop option in the Bronx. Entering the final year of his deal (which costs $14.5 million on the surface), he’s coming off low points in advanced stats, both offensively and defensively.
The familiarity could be good for a minor bump, and he’ll come cheaper in terms of prospect capital than, say, Nick Ahmed, but all in all, Yankees fans should be careful before getting too invested in the reunion.
We can’t say the same for Gregorius’ former Yankees teammates, though.
When Gregorius posted a throwback Yankees video a few weeks back to drum up old memories, his ex-teammates flocked to the comment section and made us forget all about the shortstop’s on-field struggles and publicly strange exit from the team in 2019.
Now, Didi’s gone next-level, ditching the throwbacks and posting content from real time to both hype up his case for 2022 and show off his former teammates, who are back together again. His latest hype video, posted Wednesday evening, both looks beautiful and features Gleyber Torres and Gio Urshela.
Didi Gregorius advertises he’s taking BP with Yankees Gleyber Torres, Gio Urshela
You know what this means … yup, Gio’s getting traded to the Phillies.
The hype wasn’t only flowing from Gregorius’ side either, though. Urshela and Torres also wanted to advertise their hangout, shooting and posting this video on Urshela’s TikTok of Gregorius balling out in sandals.
That indicates to us: 1) this wasn’t too serious (or serious enough for Jordans, at least) and 2) neither side was trying to hide their fellowship.
Look … we know Gregorius’ numbers looked bleak in 2021 and we know he doesn’t have the reputation he used to right now. But it would be a fascinating chemistry experiment to bring him back, considering the roster has objectively improved since he left, yet the feeling hasn’t been the same.
There are a wide variety of shortstops we’d take over him in 2022 (yes, even Isiah Kiner-Falefa), but after this video was released, you can certainly start the mental merry go ’round about what a Gregorius reunion would actually do for the Bombers — and what it would mean about the team’s willingness to spend across the board.
Hopefully, if it happens, Urshela and Torres are still around to see it.