The New York Yankees have acquired shortstop Didi Gregorius from the Arizona Diamondbacks in a three-team deal. The Yankees sent pitcher Shane Greene to the Detroit Tigers, while Detroit sent pitcher Robbie Ray and minor league infielder Domingo Leyba to Arizona.
The Yankees get a player who former Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers once compared -- unfairly -- to Derek Jeter to serve as Jeter's replacement. Gregorius is an excellent defensive shortstop with great actions and plenty of arm, and his glove alone will provide more value to the Yankees in 2015 than they got from Jeter during his final season at the position. Gregorius doesn't have much upside with the bat, showing little patience and below-average power, although his hand-eye is good enough to make up for some length in his swing from his load to contact.