Despite being a staple on the Yankees roster in the past few years, the Yankees must let Didi Gregorius walk at season’s end.
To start off, I just want to that I have always loved Didi. He will always be one of my favorite Yankees. But with the upcoming offseason and his contract coming to an end, it’s time to start thinking about what is best for the future of the team. I know this is going to upset a lot of people but here are two reasons why the Yankees need to let Didi walk in the offseason.
Before I get into the reason why they should let him walk, let us take a look at Didi’s stats on the year. Didi is having his worst season at the plate with the Yankees this year. While he only started playing in early June, in 60 games this year Didi is slashing .262/.295/.477. He has hit 13 bombs and driven in 44 runs this year. The worst part about his slash line is the awful .295 OBP. Didi has shown no plate discipline this year.
Age and what he wants
It can be assumed that Didi’s agent is going to be asking for around if not more than what the highest-paid SS in the game is getting. The highest-paid SS in the game is Xander Bogaerts, who signed a six-year, $120 mil contract that will start next year. Now you can argue that Didi is better than Xander.
The one thing the Yankees can’t do is offer Didi the same contract. The reason why is because of age, Xander is 26 and Didi will be turning 30 before next season. You can’t offer did a contract that large and that long because of his age. Also, the Yankees have some great young talent. Gleyber Torres is becoming a superstar right before our eyes, Gio Urshela may be the real deal and we have D.J. It is sad to say, but Didi is the odd man out in this.
The Yankees need better starting pitching and with the Astros getting Greinke it is almost impossible for them to resign Cole. The Yankees need to throw as much money as he wants at him. A rotation of Sevy, Cole, Tanaka, Paxton, and German is a great rotation.
With the Yankees also having to sign Judge, Gary, Betances, and DJ to extensions in the future, Didi is once again the odd man out. I hope it doesn’t have to come to this, but all signs point to this needing to happen.