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.

Per fangraph, Didi’s overall numbers would look better if he wasn’t currently mired in a horrendous slump over the past 30 days:

Name wRC+ AVG OBP SLG
Gary Sanchez 216 0.351 0.439 0.784
Ronald Torreyes 188 0.395 0.439 0.632
Rob Refsnyder 151 0.333 0.455 0.444
Brian McCann 117 0.28 0.353 0.453
Chase Headley 112 0.265 0.338 0.471
Starlin Castro 109 0.284 0.296 0.514
Jacoby Ellsbury 106 0.266 0.327 0.457
Aaron Hicks 102 0.286 0.34 0.408
Brett Gardner 81 0.276 0.352 0.303
Tyler Austin 81 0.224 0.274 0.414
Mark Teixeira 72 0.196 0.274 0.375
Didi Gregorius 59 0.222 0.246 0.389
Aaron Judge 53 0.177 0.258 0.316
Name PA HR R RBI BB% K%
Gary Sanchez
114 12 17 20 13.20% 21.90%
Ronald Torreyes 42 1 6 4 4.80% 4.80%
Rob Refsnyder 11 0 3 1 18.20% 9.10%
Brian McCann 85 4 11 10 9.40% 12.90%
Chase Headley 77 4 10 10 10.40% 22.10%
Starlin Castro 115 7 15 14 2.60% 20.00%
Jacoby Ellsbury 105 4 16 13 8.60% 12.40%
Aaron Hicks 53 2 7 6 7.50% 20.80%
Brett Gardner 88 0 9 7 11.40% 11.40%
Tyler Austin 62 3 5 7 6.50% 35.50%
Mark Teixeira 62 2 5 9 9.70% 19.40%
Didi Gregorius 115 3 13 14 1.70% 19.10%
Aaron Judge 89 3 9 9 9.00% 43.80%

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.

 

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