— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 5, 2014
Source: Gregorius going to #Yankees. Deal is done.
As Ken Rosenthal reports above (as well as rumors that began last night), The Diamondbacks, Yankees, and Tigers have agreed to (medicals pending) a three-way deal which will send Shortstop Didi Gregorius from the Diamondbacks to the Yankees. The reported return for the Diamondbacks is LHP Robbie Ray, and a minor leaguer ("An Infielder" reports Jon Morosi). The Tigers will receive Pitcher Shane Greene from New York.
Gregorius, always considered a glove-first Shortstop, was acquired before the 2013 season from the Cleveland Indians for Trevor Bauer, Bryan Shaw, and Matt Albers. (Gregorius himself had just been dealt across Ohio from the Reds in the Shin-Soo Choo deal) In his two seasons with the Diamondbacks, Gregorius hit a line of .241/.314/.368 with 13 Home Runs and 55 RBI.
Robbie Ray made his Major League debut last season with the Tigers. He started six games with a 1-4 Record and a 8.16 ERA (So small sample size and all that.) This is the second straight offseason he has been traded, as he was originally drafted by the Nationals, but dealt to Detroit last offseason in the Doug Fister trade.
This trade occurs almost five years to the day when these three teams pulled the trigger on the deal that sent Ian Kennedy and Edwin Jackson to Arizona, with Max Scherzer going to the Tigers, and Curtis Granderson going to the Yankees.
Stay tuned to Azsnakepit.com for more updates and analysis on this trade.
The infielder coming back to the Diamondbacks is Infielder Domingo Leyba from the Tigers. Here's what John Sickles says about him: (h/t Steven Burt)
Domingo Leyba, INF, Grade C: Age 19, strong North American debut, hit .264/.303/.375 in 144 at-bats for Connecticut but then .397/.431/.483 in 116 at-bats for West Michigan. Led DSL in OPS in 2013 so his career is off to a good start, stock moving up.