Free agent Didi Gregorius has a big fan in Philadelphia.
While attending the Phillies Charities party at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday night, newly hired manager Joe Girardi raved about Gregorius following the organization’s decision to move on from infielders Maikel Franco and Cesar Hernandez.
Girardi, who managed Gregorius with the Yankees from 2015-2017, gushed over his former shortstop, who could fill a gaping hole for Philadelphia.
“I’ve always been a big fan of Didi and what he’s been able to accomplish,” Girardi said, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. “You have to remember, I got him when he first came over and he was replacing a legend [Derek Jeter] and how difficult that was, and to see the growth that he made was really pleasing to me.”
If Gregorius signs with the Phillies, Jean Segura would likely move to second or third and Scott Kingery would fill the remaining position. Gregorius had similarly kind words for Girardi last month after he landed the Phillies job.
“I want to say Congratulations to one of my old managers Joe Girardi and to one of my ex teammate/mentor @carlosbeltran15 for getting Managing jobs !!!… Well deserved!!”…