The Phillies have re-signed shortstop Didi Gregorius to a two-year contract, President of Baseball Operations David Dombrowski announced today.
Gregorius, 30, was the only Phillie to play in all 60 games of the shortened 2020 season and hit .284 with 10 home runs, a team-leading 40 RBI and an .827 OPS. He also led the team in hits (61) and struck out only 28 times, which was the lowest strikeout rate of his career at 11.8% and also the fourth-lowest mark of all qualified hitters in the National League.
In 64 plate appearances with runners in scoring position last season, Gregorius slashed .345/.397/.582. He clubbed two grand slams in 2020 and enters this season with seven grand slams since the start of 2017, which is tied with Manny Machado for the major league lead over that span. Further, his .689 slugging percentage with the bases loaded ranks second among all active players with at least 100 plate appearances behind only Mike Trout (.775 SLG).
Gregorius has spent parts of nine major league seasons with the Cincinnati Reds (2012), Arizona Diamondbacks (2013-14), New York Yankees (2015-19) and the Phillies (2020), appearing in 911 games. He has a .265 career batting average with 120 home runs, 457 RBI and a .748 OPS. In 39 career games at Citizens Bank Park, Gregorius has batted .306 with an .889 OPS. He has appeared in 887 games at shortstop, where he boasts a .978 fielding percentage, the fifth-best among players with at least 800 games played at the position since 2012.
A native of the Netherlands, Gregorius was originally signed by Cincinnati as an amateur free agent in August of 2007. He joined the Phillies in December 2019 on a one-year contract.