The New York Yankees took a shot at replacing Derek Jeter last week, as general manager Brian Cashman pulled the trigger on a deal that brought in shortstop Didi Gregorius from the Arizona Diamondbacks. Gregorius, 24, batted .226 in 80 games for Arizona in 2014, but ranked fifth in range factor among National League shortstops.

MLB Network Radio host and former general manager Jim Bowden raved about the deal for the Yankees.

“Brian Cashman’s on a roll,” Bowden said. “Trades are supposed to look even on the surface. Brian Cashman has been now through three or four trades in a row where he’s just kicking everybody. He’s just saying, ‘Get out of my way, I’m the Yankees GM, step aside.’ … To give up a fourth or fifth starter and get an everyday shortstop? I don’t know how Brian Cashman did it.”

Both Bowden and Newsday’s New York Yankees beat writer Erik Boland offered scouting reports on Gregorius.

“They’re getting a plus-defender,” Bowden said. “I’m not gonna say Gold Glove, but I’m gonna say a plus-plus-defender. He has range to both sides, he has a very strong arm, he has very soft hands and quick feet. … He’s not gonna hit very much. I think if you got him to hit .250, you’re gonna be lucky. I think that’s what he is. He’s got surprising power down the line … I do think he’s gonna end up being a 10-home run shortstop, which is pretty good. He’s got more pop than you think for his size.”

“Not very impressive at the plate, but he’s a very good defender,” Boland said. “The Yankees needed somebody, that’s the bottom line, and Brian Cashman talked about it at the beginning of the winter that his No. 1 priority was replacing Derek Jeter. … You weren’t going to replace Jeter with another Jeter.”

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