Yankees find Derek Jeter replacement in Didi Gregorius

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The New York Yankees number one priority in this off-season was to land a shortstop capable of replacing the great Derek Jeter.

Whilst it seemed like they would be hitting the free agent market to do this, that hasn't ended up being the case.

In fact, the Yankees have grabbed the bull by the horns and have completed a three team trade that sees them getting Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Didi Gregorius in order to fill the void left by Jeter.

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports the Yankees have acquired Gregorius from the Diamondbacks with the Detroit Tigers being the other team involved in the trade.

Arizona will reportedly receive left-hander Robbie Ray and minor league infielder Domingo Leyba from the Tigers, while Detroit have bagged themselves Yankees right-handed pitcher Shane Greene. 

Didi Done

In his second season with the Diamondbacks in 2014, Gregorius, 24, hit six home runs and drove in 27 runs in 80 games, but overall had a pretty poor batting average of just .226.

Gregorius is known as an excellent defensive player at the position and is incredibly athletic, clocking in at 6"2 and 205lbs. The 24-year old Dutchman actually drew comparisons to Jeter when he entered the league as a rookie.

Pitching Switches

Robbie Ray went 1-4 with 8.16 ERA in six starts last season for Detroit after being acquired from the Washington Nationals in the December 2013 trade involving Doug Fister. Ray was ranked as the Tigers seventh best prospect in the organization.

The 26-year-old Shane Greene started 14 games this season for the Yankees and compiled a 5-4 record with a 3.68 ERA and 1.40 WHIP. He struck out 81 batters in 78.2 innings.

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