The Phillies announced several roster moves before tonight’s game. Withdrawal deadline Noah Syndergaard and Brandon Marsh have been activated. Pitcher Kyle Gibson was brought back from the loss list with the offensive lineman Jean Segura activated from the 60-day injured list. Three active roster spots were created after last night’s game against the righty Mark Apelleft handed Bailey Falter and an outfielder Simon Muzziotis all are optional. In an effort to make room for Segura on the active and 40-man rosters, they released offensive linemen Gregory the Great.
Gregorius, 32, is probably best known for his five-year stint with the Yankees from 2015-2019. During that time, he played in 660 games, hit 97 home runs, stole 27 balls, and hit .269/.313/. 446 for a 101 wRC+.
He signed a one-year, $14 million deal when he reached free agency. $ contract with the Phillies in 2020, hitting 10 homers in a shortened season and producing a combined .284/.339/.488, 116 wRC+ streak. Following this successful campaign in Philly, the two parties again entered into a two-year, $28 million deal. USD deal, which unfortunately preceded the incredible collapse of the short-lived film’s production.
Last season, Gregorius hit a miserable .209/.270/.370, 68 wRC+, which means his production was 32% worse than league average. After that dismal campaign, his understanding of 2022 the position of a short-term player seemed tenuous at best. Philadelphia President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski publicly acknowledged the same in October.
While superstar shorts were available in free agency this winter (Carlos Correa, Corey Seager, Javier Baez, Trevor’s story, Mark Semien), the Phils focused on improving their pitching and added Kyle Schwarber and Nick Castellanos. Despite losing faith in Gregory, they felt they had a potential domestic solution for the short term with a perspective. Bryson Stott.
Stott made the opening day roster and appeared to be in some contention for playing time in the outfield next to the second baseman Jean Segura. With Gregorious and a third player Alec Bohm Coming off a down year in 2021, Stott got time to start the year at a variety of outfield positions. However, he struggled out of the gate and was optioned back to the minors on April 25th. He hit just .133/.161/.167 during that time. Those fights seemed to give Gregorious and Bohm more time to get back on track.
Stott was recalled in May, and Segura broke his finger a few weeks later, opening up the field for all three of Stott, Gregorius and Bohm. In that time, Stott and Bohm have improved after sluggish starts, and Didi just hasn’t. From June 1 Stott hit seven home runs and slashed .227/.296/.384. That’s still below average production (90 wRC+), but that’s despite a .222 batting average. Bohm, meanwhile, struggled throughout June but had a monster July, hitting .405/.427/.583 since the start of that month. Gregorius had a good start to the year, hitting .288/.338/.356 and a wRC+ of 96 through May, but has since slashed .181/.234/.284 and has just a 42 wRC+ and 57 on the season overall since the start of June. With Segura back and Bohm and Stott looking like better options, the Phils decided it was time to move on from Gregorius as they prepare for a pennant race in the final two months of the season.
Gregorius is making $15.25 million this year. USD according to the signed two-year contract, so about 5 million remained to be paid. USD. Any team that signs him at that point will only have to pay him the prorated league minimum, leaving the Phillies on the hook.