The New York Yankees face an uphill battle after the lockout finally comes to an end, specifically at the shortstop position where they still haven’t found a stopgap solution until Anthony Volpe and Oswald Peraza are ready to make the leap.
The idea of signing Carlos Correa has simmered for quite a while, but it seemed as if general manager Brian Cashman is keen on giving his youth prospects a chance to take over the starting gig over the next two seasons.
Correa is looking for a 10-year contract, which is likely a scary scenario for the Yankees considering they unloaded several big deals over the past few seasons and still have to extend Aaron Judge.
One option that makes plenty of sense is bringing back Didi Gregorius, who has one year left on his deal with the Philadelphia Phillies. Gregorius had arguably his worst season to date last year, hitting .209 with just 13 homers and 54 RBIs.
At 31 years old, Gregorius has spent the last two seasons with Philadelphia, recording impressive numbers during the Covid abbreviated season in 2020. He hit .284 with 10 homers and 40 RBIs but was never able to revive the power he displayed wearing pinstripes.
Gregorius has spent the last few days training with Gleyber Torres and Gio Urshela, two players who are expected to play a significant role moving forward in the infield.
All three infielders posted similar videos highlighting their practice session and proactive approach despite facilities closed down and spring training being delayed.
Gregorious is set to earn $15.25 million in adjusted salary next season, and if Philadelphia is looking to unload his contract, the Yankees could easily bring back the fan-favorite who smashed 27 homers and recorded 86 RBIs during the 2018 campaign.
Acquiring didi from Philadelphia would likely cost pennies on the dollar given his contract and his poor 2021 season. He would be the perfect stopgap to give Peraza a bit more time in Triple-A to prepare for the big leagues.