MLB Breaking News: The Phillies Worries at Shortstop Are Over
Gregorius joined the Phillies in 2020, playing all 60 games. He hit 10 home runs and posted a slash line of .284/.339/.488. His OPS+ of 119 ranked second among his seasons, just falling short of his 124 OPS+ in 2018 with the Yankees.
Gregorius has played for four teams across nine MLB seasons, beginning his career with the Cincinnati Reds before heading to Arizona for two seasons. He then went to the Yankees for five seasons, tallying 196 extra-base hits and an OPS+ of 104. Gregorius even received MVP votes in both 2017 and 2018, finishing 20th in the American League.
The Phillies have had an active week. In another MLB breaking news story, they re-signed All-Star J.T. Realmuto to a hefty extension. Realmuto and Gregorius often bat back-to-back on the Phillies’ lineup card with Realmuto as the clean-up hitter and Gregorius in the five-hole.
The 2020 Phillies underachieved with a 28-32 record, missing the final Wild Card spot by a game. While they did finish third in the National League East, above the rival New York Mets and Washington Nationals, they finished seven games back of the division-winning Atlanta Braves and three games back of the playoff-bound Marlins. By re-signing Realmuto and Gregorius, the Phillies will look to make their first playoff run since 2011.
The Phillies are guided by the president of baseball operations, Dave Dombrowski. Hired in December, Dombrowski has led two franchises to World Series titles: the 1997 Florida Marlins and the 2018 Boston Red Sox. Between his stops in Florida and Boston, Dombrowski contributed to a pair of Detroit Tiger teams that won the AL pennant (2006 and 2012).
With Dombrowski at the helm, the Phillies seem to be moving in the right direction, and they could compete for a playoff spot in 2021. Overtaking the Braves may be unrealistic, but a powerful lineup featuring the likes of Realmuto and Bryce Harper could lead the Phillies to October baseball.
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