Gregorius had the daunting task in following in the footsteps of future Hall of Famer Derek Jeter at shortstop in the Bronx when the club acquired him from the Arizona Diamondbacks in December 2014—and he's risen to the occasion.
After hitting a modest .265 with nine home runs in his first season in pinstripes in 2015, Gregorius turned into a force with the bat. He has slugged 20-plus dingers in each of the past three seasons, including a career-high 27 last year.
He also continues to hit for a respectable average. He has hit no lower than .265 since arriving in the Big Apple and hit .287 just two seasons ago.
Gregorius slashed .268/.335/.494 with 23 doubles, five triples and 86 RBI in 134 games last year. He also provided solid defense with just six errors in 132 games at shortstop.
It's worth noting that Gregorius is coming off an injury-plagued 2018. He missed more than two weeks during the second half because of a left heel contusion, and he underwent Tommy John surgery in October, which will cause him to miss the start of the 2019 season.
There's risk involved with signing Gregorius before he returns to the field, but he has been one of baseball's better shortstops when healthy. That said, an extension won't be cheap.