Will Wilson

MLB rumors: Didi Gregorius chose Phillies over Giants due to Joe Girardi

MLB rumors: Didi Gregorius chose Phillies over Giants due to Joe Girardi

The Giants added a veteran shortstop Tuesday when they acquired Zack Cosart and prospect Will Wilson in a trade with the Angels for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Wilson was the prize of the deal, but there remains a possibility that Cozart could play a considerable role in San Francisco's middle infield this coming season.

As it turns out, though, the Giants reportedly went after a different veteran shortstop before pursuing the trade with the Angels. Didi Gregorius signed a one-year, $14 million contract with the Phillies on Tuesday, and according to NBC Sports Philadelphia's Jim Salisbury, Gregorius reportedly chose them over the Giants in part due to the presence of Phillies manager Joe Girardi.

Gregorius previously played under Girardi with the Yankees, and it would appear they enjoyed their time together. While his offensive numbers might have been inflated somewhat by Yankee Stadium, Gregorius remains a standout defender and he was worth at least four WAR in both 2017 and 2018.

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The Giants absorbed the entirety of the $12.67 remaining on Cozart's contract, so there isn't much of a price difference between he and Gregorius. That said, the fact that San Francisco was able to acquire the Angels' No. 4 ranked prospect along with Cozart likely made that the more prudent acquisition.

Giants prospect Will Wilson makes good first impression, hates Dodgers

Giants prospect Will Wilson makes good first impression, hates Dodgers

New Giants prospect Will Wilson came to San Francisco on Tuesday in a trade with the Angels, but that doesn't make him a fan of Los Angeles.

In fact, he should fit in quite well with his new organization -- if old tweets are to be believed.

See for yourself:

Talk about making a great first impression.

Wilson, 21, was the No. 15 overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft and slashed .275/.328/.439 over 189 at-bats in rookie ball last season with five home runs and 10 doubles. If he can live up to his ranking as the Angels' No. 4 prospect, he'll endear himself to Giants fans even further.

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Wilson joins a San Francisco minor league system that has been overhauled in recent years and now features highly-touted prospects such as Joey Bart, Heliot Ramos, Marco Luciano and Hunter Bishop. Most of them likely will be teammates at some point throughout their minor-league journeys, but the hope is that they will form the core of the next generation of Giants baseball.