Aaron Boone spoke with the media at the Winter Meetings on Tuesday afternoon, just minutes after Didi Gregorius reportedly signed a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Boone, who managed Gregorius with the Yankees over the last two seasons, reacted to the news of the signing, playfully being skeptical of the reporting before talking about his former shortstop.
"I'll wait until the Phillies announce it and really know it's official," Boone said while cracking a smile. "Didi has been a great player for us and is a great person and is somebody that's obviously been there before I got there...I followed his career just because he came up with Cincinnati and then was out in Arizona, so I was very familiar with him."
"And then to come in and replace Derek (Jeter) the way he did, he's had a great career up to this point. So wherever he ends up, the team is lucky to have him, because he's a really good player and I think that obviously going into this winter where he's healthy, I would expect a really full, productive season from him."
Gregorius missed the first half of the season as he recovered from Tommy John surgery, so the Yankees went with Gleyber Torres at shortstop in his absence--a move that Boone could see happening again this upcoming season.
"Gleyber's a shortstop," Boone said. "We saw him last year play the position at a really high level, especially the first half of the season...We're lucky with Gleybor that, wherever the winter goes and wherever guys end up, we feel like in Gleyber we can plug him at short, we can plug him at second and know we're obviously going to get a great, great player."