Didi the Diamondbacks make a Gregorius mistake?
Much has been made this summer and last winter about the Arizona Diamondback deal that sent SS Dansby Swanson and others to the Braves for Shelby Miller. While Miller has been the worst pitcher in baseball, it is too soon to tell if Swanson can turn into that beautiful Swan or not.
Meanwhile a few years ago the Diamondbacks traded a different shortstop to the NY Yankees in a three-team deal. The Diamondbacks at least got back Robbie Ray in that deal, and Ray has become a solid part of the Diamondback rotation. Just the other day he put the Dodgers on their ear with his strikeout performance.
Didi Gregorius was considered a defensive first shortstop with limited offensive skills. Those limited offensive skills have provided forty-seven extra base hits this year. Only four shortstops in 2016 have had at least 30 doubles and 15 home runs. Cory Seager, Carlos Correa, Jonathan Villar, and Didi Gregorius.
I hope the Diamondbacks are happy they kept Chris Owings, and Nick Ahmed instead.
Hey, remember Ronny Torreyes? He’s the guy we traded last winter for Rob Segedin. Ronny got a brief run as the Yankee 3rd baseman in August and did quite well. He’s been an excellent utility player for the Yankee’s so it looks like a nice win win for both teams.