The Milwaukee Brewers have been picked clean this offseason and are reportedly interested in adding Didi Gregorius to replace some offensive firepower.
Acquired in a trade from the Cincinnati Reds, the Yankees valued Gregorius for his spectacular defense. However, with each passing season, Gregorius improved on offense. Eventually, he evolved into a middle of the order bat on a playoff team.
Unfortunately, it seems all but certain that Gregorius’s time in the Bronx has come to an end. The Reds and the Philadelphia Phillies have both expressed interest in the shortstop.
Now, there’s a new team in the mix, the Milwaukee Brewers.
#Brewers remain interested in Didi Gregorious, sources said.
— Robert Murray (@ByRobertMurray) December 10, 2019
On the surface, Gregorius doesn’t seem to make sense in Milwaukee. The team already has a shortstop in Orlando Arcia and newly acquired Luis Urias is expected to compete for the spot. Gregorius is too talented and accomplished to be involved in a position battle.
However, Urias has some positional flexibility and the Brewers may be willing to trade Arcia.
This offseason has not been kind to the 2019 NL Wild-Card losers. They’ve lost Yasmani Grandal, Mike Moustakas and a slew of other players. At one point, the team only had 32 players on the 40-man roster.
Any other team may consider a rebuild at this point, but the Brewers still have 2018 MVP Christian Yelich on affordable terms. Yelich’s presence alone means they have a window to compete. The Brewers need to make moves to fill in the roster around him while they still can.
Obviously, Gregorius fits that bill. However, he’s coming off a completely lost 2019 season. Gregorius may be looking for a one year deal to reestablish his value. A one year deal with Milwaukee gives them a chance to see what Gregorius can give them without committing longterm.
Of course, if it doesn’t work out, the Brewers can let him walk in 2020. At that point, they’ll have a better idea of what they have in Urias.
On Gregorius’s side, signing a one year deal with the Brewers is a great move. He can rebuild his value while competing for a playoff spot.
So if this is the end of Gregorius’ time in the Bronx, please enjoy his highlight Yankee moment one more time…
— Rick Heidrick (@rhj_24324) August 24, 2019