Derek Jeter’s Career and Life After Jeter
Not only did Derek Jeter produce decent statistics, but he was also known for plays that would benefit his team. During a game against the Oakland A’s, Jeter made the iconic flip play that would get Jeremy Giambi out to preserve a 1-0 lead. In 2004, Jeter would dive into the stands while catching a popup from pinch hitter Trot Nixon. Moments like these helped cement a career no one could ever forget.
For the 2015 season, the Yankees needed to find a new shortstop for the first time since 1995. Jeter had been their shortstop for 20 seasons, but after Jeter retired, the pressure to maintain the elite status that Jeter left behind, fell upon Didi Gregorius.
First up was Didi Gregorius, he was traded from Arizona in a three-team trade, and he would finish five seasons in New York with 659 hits, 97 home runs, and a .269 batting average. Sir Didi was always known as a defensive player, but he found some offensive life while in New York. That would help him sign a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Phillies this past offseason.
A year after acquiring Didi, the Yankees would make a surprising deal with the Cubs. The Yankees traded Aroldis Chapman and received the Cubs number one prospect, Gleyber Torres.