Last off-season, Didi Gregorius signed a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. The contract was much of a prove. Gregorius struggled a bit last year with the Yankees after coming off Tommy John surgery, hitting only .238 in half of a season.
During the 2020 season, Didi Gregorius put up the kind of numbers before his surgery, hitting .284 with 10 home runs and an OPS of .827 and played in all 60 games. Gregorius indicated he enjoyed playing with the Phillies and would return if the Phillies want him back. Nevertheless, he is exploring options via free agency.
With the World Series about to come to a conclusion, MLB teams are no in the off-season mode. It has been indicated by George King of the New York Post that the Los Angeles Angels have interest in Gregorius. Incumbent shortstop Andrelton Simmons will likely become a free agent, which makes the Angels a prime candidate for Gregorius.
With a right-handed heavy-laden lineup with Anthony Rendon and Mike Trout, the addition of Gregorius would add a solid left-handed bat. While Simmons was stellar defensively, the Angels would get a significant upgrade offensively should they sign Gregorius without too much of a drop off defensively.
One issue with the Angels landing top free agents is the fact they are without a general manager at the moment. Previous general manager Billy Eppler was fired after the season ended. Because of this scenario one may wonder who is inquiring in Gregorius in this organization?
With Shohei Ohtani and Jared Walsh as the Angels only bats from the left side of the plate, it makes sense for the Angels to pursue Gregorius. The attention should be at least moderate for Gregorius, who proved he can return to his previous injury production, at least for 60 games. It will be interesting to see where Gregorius, and the rest of the free agent pool ends up in what is certain to be an active off-season.