- Height / Weight
- 6' 3" / 205 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 2/18/1990 (28)
New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton and shortstop Didi Gregorius both avoided salary arbitration on Friday by agreeing to undisclosed one-year, non-guaranteed contracts. Starting pitcher Sonny Gray, reliever Tommy Kahnle and catcher Austin Romine also settled. Paxton was acquired from the Mariners after going 11-6 with a 3.76 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and career-high 11.7 K/9 across 28 starts in 2018. While Yankee Stadium might hurt him some, Paxton's strikeout upside for a strong offense gives him top-20 starting pitcher upside. Gregorius underwent Tommy John surgery and will miss at least half the season. He slugged a career-high 27 long balls last year and also drove in 86 while swiping 10 bags, so he'll be worth stashing in deeper leagues.
New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (elbow) underwent successful Tommy John surgery, and the Yankees are optimistic that they will have him back in 2019. General manager Brian Cashman said that Gregorius should return between June and August of next year, in an interview with Michael Kay on ESPN New York. The leading internal candidate to start the year at shortstop in Gregorius' absence will be Gleyber Torres, who made 15 starts at short in his rookie season. Infielders Tyler Wade and Ronald Torreyes are other options. Free-agent shortstop Manny Machado is another possibility if they can land him on the open market. Gregorius had an excellent year, hitting .268/.335/.494 with 27 home runs, 86 RBI and 10 steals, so it's a big loss for New York for half the season. Gregorius' fantasy value will obviously take a significant hit.
New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (elbow) underwent an MRI exam on Thursday and will have Tommy John surgery. It's a big blow to a Yankees squad that was bounced in the Division Series by the division-rival Red Sox. It's good news that Gregorius is having the surgery this early in the offseason, but he's still likely to miss the start of the regular season in 2019. The left-handed hitter was one of the more productive shortstops for fantasy owners this year, hitting .268/.335/.494 with 27 long balls, 86 RBI, 89 runs scored and 10 stolen bases. His draft stock will obviously take a hit with this news, but he could become a value pick now, depending on how much time he'll miss.