The Yanks traded Shane Greene to the Detroit Tigers today, and in a 3-way deal, got back SS Didi Gregorious from the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Greene, a rookie last year, went 5-4, 3.78 (ERA+ 103) for the Yankees.
Gregorious is a lefty hitter who won’t turn 25 until February. He has basically platooned the past two seasons for the D-Backs, hitting .252-7-28, OPS+ 94 in 2013 in 103 games, and .226-6-27, OPS+ 81 this past season. He has played in less than 200 games in his career.
Gregorious’ 162 g. average is .243-11-48, OPS+ 88.
Offensively, it doesn’t appear to add much, but Gregorious has a good defensive reputation. Then again, he hasn’t turned 25 yet, so maybe his bat will pick up.
As a cost move, Gregorious is under team control (and with some of the Yanks’ big contracts, this is important) through 2019.
In other news, a Veterans Committee will be choosing from some 1950s-1970s players for the HOF on Monday. These are players who were very good, but weren’t voted in by the writers. Some names are Dick Allen, Ken Boyer, Gil Hodges, Jim Kaat, Minnie Minoso, Tony Oliva, Billy Pierce, Luis Tiant, Maury Wills and Reds GM Bob Howsam.
Dale Scott, umpire, came out as gay. It’ll may be interesting to see how boo-birds react from the stands next year, if at all.