The New York Yankees have a new shortstop, and his name is Didi Gregorius. Good luck kid! Derek Jeter retired this past season, after spending the last 19 seasons as the shortstop position in the Bronx. The Yankees will send Shane Greene to the Detroit Tigers who will trade Robbie Ray to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Gregroious, 25 in February, was acquired by the D'Backs in December of 2012, in a 3 team deal that saw Shin-Soo Choo dealt to the Cincinnati Reds, Trevor Bauer to the Cleveland Indians and the Reds sent Didi to Arizona.
Gregorius is a career .243 hitter over 647 career ABs. His minor league average of .277 should give Yankee fans a little sigh of relief. MLB.com ranked him the 63rd best prospect in baseball pre-2013. Baseball America ranked him 80th that season. He played in just 80 games wit the Dbacks last season, thanks to Chris Owings. It appears he will man the left side of the infield with former teammate Martin Prado, as Chase Headley is currently weighing a 4 year $65 mil offer from an unidentified team. If I were Joe Girardi putting together the Yankees lineup, Brett Gardner would hit leadoff ahead of Prado, and Gregorius would hit 9th.
Robbie Ray, 23, was acquired by the Tigers in the Doug Fister deal with the Washington Nationals. He appeared in 9 games last season, 6 starts, and compiled 28.2 innings pitched. He was hit hard (1.88 WHIP) and had an ERA over 8! Even his minor league numbers are not great, with a career 4.23 ERA across 5 seasons. He joins Jeremy Hellickson as new members of the Diamondbacks rotation that features Wade Miley, Chase Anderson, Vidal Nuno, Trevor Cahill and eventually Patrick Corbin. They need Archie Bradley to be ready ASAP!
Shane Greene, 26, had to step his game up last season as the Yankees saw Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia, Michael Pineda and Ivan Nova land on the disabled list. He appeared in 15 games, 14 starts, winning 5 games. He had a 3.78 ERA and 1.39 WHIP. His most impressive stat was his 9.3 K/9, which was higher than his 8.1 career minor league K/9. He will join a rotation in Detroit that features David Price, Justin Verlander, Anibal Sanchez and Rick Porcello. They will see Max Scherzer sign elsewhere this offseason.