Three down, three to go. Via Jack Curry, the Yankees knocked another one off the to-sign list yesterday, agreeing to a 1-year, $2.425 million deal with starting shortstop Didi Gregorius. Didi filed for a $2.525 million salary last week while the team came in at 2.3, so this final figure is a bit above the midpoint and a small victory for Didi.
This was Didi’s first year of arbitration eligibility and based on service time he qualifies as a Super Two player, so he could be looking at some very nice paydays to come if he can continue to improve on his solid 2015 season. After a sloppy start in the field and a slow start at the plate, Didi finished the year with a .265/.318/.370 batting line, 9 HR, 57 runs scored, 56 RBI, 5 defensive runs saved at short, and 3.1 fWAR. His K rate was below 15% and he hit .294/.345/.417 in the second half of the year while playing Gold Glove-caliber defense. … Click here to read the rest