Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Reds looking to reacquire Didi Gregorius?

It's been less than a year and a half since the Reds sent promising shortstop Didi Gregorius to Arizona as part of a three-team trade that included Shin-Soo Choo. But might the club already have an interest in bringing the slick-fielding defender back?

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, it certainly doesn't seem like it's out of the realm of possibility. Heyman targeted Gregorius as a player who could potentially be traded in the near future. And the veteran baseball writer listed the Reds among organizations who might be in need of some middle infield help.

With recent reports suggesting that Chris Owings has won the shortstop battle for Arizona over Gregorius, it makes the latter relatively expendable, which is good news for teams such as the Reds who are currently lacking organizational depth at shortstop. However, Owings' name has also been thrown around in the rumor mill as a possible trade candidate in recent days, so it remains to be seen what transpires.

Time will tell, obviously. But the prospect of bringing Gregorius back into the fold is definitely an intriguing one. The 24-year-old was signed by the Reds as a teenager in 2007 and worked his way up through the farm system. There was a time when some believed he would beat out Zack Cozart at shortstop. However, the Reds front office felt otherwise and that's what ultimately led to his departure.

Gregorius played in 103 games last season for the D'backs and slashed .252/.332/.373 in 357 at-bats. He tallied 16 doubles and 28 RBI as well. Those aren't stellar numbers offensively, but Gregorius has never been known as much of a hitter, earning his name with the glove, instead.

Will he end up back in the Cincinnati organization? Most likely not. But reacquiring him for the sake of depth at the Triple-A level makes some sense if the Reds wanted to pursue it.

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