August 5, 2021

Didi Gregorius Considering One-Year Contracts (MLB Trade Rumors)

As the top shortstop on the free agent market, Didi Gregorius had been widely tabbed as a candidate for a multi-year deal, even in the wake of his injury-shortened 2019 season.  While multiple teams have indeed shown interest in Gregorius this offseason, he and his agents are also considering the possibility of accepting a one-year offer, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports (subscription required).

There would certainly be risk in such a maneuver, though Rosenthal notes it would be a “bet on himself” move from Gregorius in the hopes of guaranteeing himself a larger multi-year deal next winter than he would this offseason.  Even in the short term, it could lock in more money for Gregorius over two seasons than he would over a hypothetical three-year contract.

For example, let’s take the three-year, $42MM that MLB Trade Rumors projected Gregorius would receive on the open market.  That works out to $14MM in average annual value, and there’s surely enough interest in Gregorius…

Read “Didi Gregorius Considering One-Year Contracts” at MLB Trade Rumors