Didi Gregorius’ time in Philadelphia is over.
Thursday afternoon, the Phillies announced they released Gregorius, the veteran ex-Yankees shortstop. In a corresponding move, Philadelphia activated infielder Jean Segura from the 60-day IL.
Gregorius, 32, is hitting .210 with a .567 OPS in 63 games this season. He is due to be a free agent at season’s end, though the Phillies are still on the hook for the $5.5 million he is owed through the rest of the season. Should any team take a flier and sign Gregorius for the stretch run, they would only have to pay him the prorated league minimum.
Gregorius never lived up to expectations after joining the Phillies as a free agent in the 2019 offseason. Across three seasons, he hit just .230 with 24 home runs — a far cry from the 97 home runs and .269/.313/.446 slash line he compiled during five productive seasons in the Bronx.
With Gregorius now out of the picture, Philadelphia will likely peg 24-year-old Bryson Stott as its starting shortstop.