Phillies Interested In Freddy Galvis

Former Phillies infielder Freddy Galvis is among the free-agent options the team is “eyeing” at shortstop, according to Scott Lauber of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Galvis was a Phillie from 2012-17, during which he blended below-average offense with defense that typically received solid grades at both short and second base. The switch-hitting Galvis closed his Phillies tenure as a .245/.287/.372 batter in 2,440 plate appearances, though that production has gotten better since they dealt him to the Padres for right-hander Enyel De Los Santos prior to the 2018 season.

Since the Phillies parted with him, Galvis has combined for a more powerful .250/.299/.408 line among the Pads, Blue Jays and Reds over 1,404 PA. In 2020, despite an abnormally low .231 batting average on balls in play, the 31-year-old managed a career-best walk percentage (8.2), ISO (.184) and wRC+ (91) with the Reds.

While Galvis would be a reasonably priced and passable shortstop option for the Phillies or any other team, he’s hardly the most exciting shortstop available in free agency. Didi Gregorius, who spent last season with the Phillies and performed well, is at or near the top of the class. The Phillies haven’t closed the door on a reunion with Gregorius, who’s joined by Marcus Semien (whom the club is also interested in) and Andrelton Simmons. Galvis can’t match those players’ track records, but if the Phillies lose out on the bigger fish at the position, he may be their best choice.

Published at Thu, 14 Jan 2021 21:45:24 +0000

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