MLB rumors: Didi Gregorius' 1-word response to if he wants to stay with Yankees
HOUSTON - Shortstop Didi Gregorius was asked how it felt that these Yankees - a team that had grown close en route to 103 wins and a long playoff run - might not all be back together next season.
"I don't even know where I'm going to be at," Gregorius said after a 6-4 loss to the Astros in Game 6 that ended the American League Championship Series at Minute Maid Park on Saturday night.
"So, that's the thing. Who knows what's going to happen now."
He had a one-word answer for whether he wants to return to the Yankees.
"Yes," he said.
Gregorius will be a free agent for the first time in his career when the World Series ends.
The 30-year-old seemed destined for a longterm Yankees contract after he took over for Derek Jeter following the icon's retirement after the 2014 season. Each year, Gregorius showed he was among the game's best defensive shortstops and he kept improving offensively.
That was, until this season.
Gregorius was limited to just 82 games after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his throwing arm in October 2018. It was a difficult season for Gregorius, who took a step back at the plate and in the field. He hit just .238 with 16 home runs and 61 RBI.
The Yankees acquired Gregorius, dreaming on his immense athleticism, from the Diamondbacks in a three-team deal that also included the Tigers.
Gregorius said Saturday night's defeat - complete with a ninth-inning, walk-off home run by Jose Altuve - was tough to handle.
"Every loss is difficult," he said. "It is what it is now. There's nothing else we can do about it and come back next year.
"Things happen. We can only control what we can control from now on."Brendan Kuty may be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter @BrendanKutyNJ. Find NJ.com Yankees on Facebook.
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