The Mariners have signed infielder Didi Gregorius to a minor league deal, per an announcement from Algodoneros de Unión Laguna, the Mexican League membership he had been taking part in for.
Gregorius, 33, struggled badly up to now two main league seasons and was launched by the Phillies in August of final yr. He remained a free agent till Could of this yr, when he headed to the Mexican League. He has been on an absolute tear since signing, as he has hit .359/.431/.777 by 26 video games this yr. That robust displaying will get him one other probability to affix the affiliated ranks.
He was as soon as an efficient large league shortstop throughout his time with the Yankees, hitting .269/.313/.446 from 2015 to 2019. He then reached free company and signed with the Phillies. He was ok in 2020 to return on a two-year pact, however his outcomes slid at that time. He slashed simply .210/.267/.345 over 2021 to 2022, resulting in his launch.
The Mariners will clearly be hoping that his latest surge within the Mexican League is an indication that he’s able to bouncing again. The membership has had just a few of their regulars battle on offense this yr, none extra so than second baseman Kolten Wong. He has a dismal .153/.246/.178 line to date this yr. His wRC+ of 29 is lifeless final within the majors amongst hitters with at the very least 130 plate appearances.
Gregorius has primarily been a shortstop in his profession and was taking part in that place within the Mexican League. His solely main league expertise at second base was with the Diamondbacks manner again in 2014, however most shortstops are broadly able to making the change the opposite facet of the bag with out a lot situation. Nonetheless the Mariners resolve to deploy him, he’ll give the membership a bit of additional non-roster depth and attempt to earn his manner again to the majors.