Even after acquiring middle infielder Luis Urias last month, the Brewers are showing interest in the top free-agent shortstop on the market, Didi Gregorius, Robert Murray was among those to report. The Reds and Phillies also appear to be in the hunt for the soon-to-be 30-year-old.
Last season was rough for Gregorius, who missed the first few months on account of Tommy John surgery in his right elbow and then struggled to replicate his past success when he returned. Nevertheless, this looks as if it’s setting up as a lucrative offseason for the longtime Yankee, a candidate for a high-paying multiyear contract. Assuming the Indians don’t trade Francisco Lindor, the Dodgers don’t deal Corey Seager, the Cubs don’t move Javier Baez and the Rockies don’t part with Trevor Story, it seems likely Gregorius will wind up as the best shortstop to change hands this winter.
Should the Brewers land Gregorius, it’s unclear how their infield would set up. As of now, the 22-year-old Urias – a former standout prospect with the Padres – is the in-house favorite to play short. But that could change if the Brewers sign Gregorius. The team looks set at second base, where Keston Hiura thrived as a rookie in 2019, but questions abound everywhere else in its infield. With the exception of Hiura, Milwaukee has either let go of or lost most of its prominent infielders from last season (shortstop Orlando Arcia’s still in the mix, but he has been unproductive). Picking up Gregorius could alleviate the club’s issues to some extent.