Padres shortstop Freddy Galvis is on track to reach free agency in the offseason, but that may not happen if the team has its druthers. San Diego has “serious interest” in re-signing Galvis, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports. However, considering the Padres have an excellent shortstop prospect in 19-year-old Fernando Tatis Jr. – who has held his own at the Double-A level this season – it doesn’t seem Galvis is destined to be their long-term starter at the position. Acquired from the Phillies last winter for young right-hander Enyel De Los Santos, the 28-year-old, switch-hitting Galvis has amassed 477 plate appearances in 2018 and batted an unimpressive .237/.296/.355 (79 wRC+) with eight home runs, also drawing mixed reviews in the field (seven Defensive Runs Saved, minus-2.2 Ultimate Zone Rating).
More notes from around the game…
- Rangers center fielder Delino DeShields may be running out of time to show he’s capable of holding down the position in Texas, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News observes. DeShields, now 25, joined the Rangers in the 2014 Rule 5 draft and subsequently performed well as a rookie in 2015, only to flop in 2016. While DeShields returned to being a decent contributor in 2017, the speedster’s now in the throes of a forgettable season in which he has hit a lackluster .208/.310/.279 (63 wRC+), endured a short minor league demotion and taken multiple trips to the disabled list. Meanwhile, the Rangers like fellow center fielders Drew Robinson and Carlos Tocci, and they have good prospects at the position, notes Grant – who writes they’re “determined” to retain Tocci for the long haul. Like DeShields, Tocci hooked on with the Rangers as a Rule 5 pick. The soon-to-be 23-year-old Tocci has been in way over his head at the plate during his initial MLB action this season, though.
- “There’s a movement within baseball” to extend the non-waiver trade deadline from July 31 to mid-August, and eliminate the August waiver period, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. “The way it is now is just futile. If you’re a good team, you constantly get blocked for players that could be useful to you,” one NL official tells Cafardo. From a league standpoint, eliminating the trade waiver process would also cut down on a lot of paperwork and red tape. It isn’t clear if there is sentiment from both the owners and the MLBPA to change the August trading process, as such mutual agreement would be required for the deadline to be extended.
- Veteran reliever Zach McAllister chose to sign with the Tigers earlier this week not only because of the on-field opportunity they presented, but because they were “aggressive” in pursuing him, the righty tells Max Bultman of The Athletic (subscription required). Even though McAllister’s not under control past this season, the fact that Detroit put forth such an effort to add him suggests it could be open to retaining him beyond 2018, Bultman notes. In the meantime, McAllister, 30, will use the rest of the season to try to rebuild his once-solid stock after struggling this year with the Indians. If the hard-throwing McAllister succeeds and puts himself back on other teams’ radars heading into the winter, his tenure with the rebuilding Tigers could go down as a short-lived union.
Why would the padres wanna do that?
Can Tatis play third?
Also, it gives a good SS to mentor him. He is coming off an injury so maybe they want him back at AAA for a little bit. And the always important time clock. Why would they start Tatis opening day? When they could wait 3 weeks and then call him up. Might as well have Galvis there
On a one year deal with a club option, I’m cool with it. He’d come cheap
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Why would they move their most promising young player off his position to accommodate a veteran who can’t hit?
The kid is 19. No need to rush him. Look how well that went with the Phillies, Brewers, and Braves. Galvis’ contract won’t be expensive, or unmoveable. If he blocks the kid, it’s because he is doing well, or Tatis isn’t earning it.
Why would Freddy want to sign a contract that would make him “moveable?” He would want to maximize his earning potential and get to choose who he plays for rather than being told who he plays for.
Yeah I was thinking something along the lines of 1 year with an option for 5.5 million.
Why would Galvis take that? Some team will give him multiple years for some reason.
If he doesn’t take that then let him go. I know he has some flashes here and there with the bat but it’s sooo in-consistent. The glove is great but that’s all he is honestly. I don’t see him commanding any more than 5.5 million a year based off what he provides.
He is a roughly the same player as Alicides Escobar who signed a one year, 1 million dollar deal with Kansas City in Free Agency. So I don’t understand why you think Galvis will be offended with an offer that is far better than someone of similar talent and production.
The problem with that is there will be few teams with a need at SS. I don’t see multiple teams clamoring for his services this winter.
I’ve never understood the affinity for Galvis. The guy is okay in the field, but he can’t hit to save his life. If they want to bring him back on some cheap one-year deal to fill SS before Tatis is called up, fine. He’s worth absolutely nothing more than that.
Why would they start Galvis opening day at a cost of 5-8m over Guerra who is also a defense first SS on the 40man.
Tatis is 19. Even a three-year deal wouldn’t be much of a block, if Tatis forces his way on the roster earlier, there will always be some demand for a MI glove.
I’d prefer Profar as a stopgap for Tatis next year. He gives the Padres that Zobrist type player who can play all over the diamond as well as switch hit. He can hold down the first few months at SS until Tatis is ready then can convert into that Zobrist/Martin Gonzalez type player.
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One of the strengths of the Padres farm system is the shortstop position. Luis Urias is very good. He has great range with a very good arm. He just needs offense.
“There’s a movement within baseball” to extend the non-waiver trade deadline from July 31 to mid-August, and eliminate the August waiver period, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.
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Hey, no borders baby…….
Teams should be able to trade with each other until the playoff’s start. Maybe even after.
I second it with other Leagues to.
Definitely not after the playoffs start.
Why? deadline used to be 06/15 and that worked fine for years. The frenzy of today creates an artificial all star team in my view. You build your team in the off season.
Bruh, that’s just way, way past crazy talk.
Hey Padres, you can have Cozart cheap
That ship sailed a long time ago.
Unfortunately, Cozart isn’t cheap at 26 million over the next two seasons. The Halos have to hope he rebounds next season.
I don’t think Galvis has a .396 obp…
Yeah that looked odd. 296
I was gonna say, .396 OBP is anything but unimpressive. That’s a lot of walks and HBPs for not hitting much.
Comical to imagine how many HBPs that Galvis would need to raise his OBP to .396 this year .
Just eliminate waivers after July 31st completely.
If we can Galvis for under or close to 8 mil on a 1 yr deal then great.(under or near) I totally see someone over paying or offering multiple yr deal to him.
Really? I don’t see a market for Galvis this offseason. I bet 1 yr, 5M does it. That said, I really don’t want to see another year of Galvis ABs in a Padre uniform.
Hopefully 5 mil does it but 1.0 war players are getting 8 mil a year(market value). Unless we are saving up money for a big 2020 or 2021 FA yr. Who is our starting SS 2019? Chances are it wont be Tatis they save him for atleast 3 weeks to get another service year out of him. We can have spange,call up Guerra or some other scrub start but Tatis really needs a vet to show him the way..
Just don’t know what other team would want Galvis as a starter. If he’s not the worst starting SS in baseball, he’s certainly bottom 5.
He’s about average. A little below offensively, a little above defensively. He’s the best shortstop SD has had since Everth Cabrera, or Khalil Greene.
This offseason the teams who are losing SS will have to replace him. A rebuilding team will take a shot. Escobar is leaving the Royals so they could be a possibility. Iggy is leaving the Tigers, Miami might want an option, a few others.
I hear Baltimore may be looking for a Machado replacement.
I don’t think he’ll make anymore than that annually but I could see him getting a 2-3 year deal. He’s only 29 and the defense is very good. Plenty of comp out there this year though. Hech and Iglesias very similar players.
Agreed. For those who say not, look at today’s game with the first place Phillies. Not only did he beat them wth the bat, the Phillies defense showed how much they missed him. I could see the Orioles putting him in the mix, or any other team needing infield defense. Remember also he can play 2nd ,3rd and even has a few games at CF in his career. He won’t get a huge $$$ contract, but I bet he gets at least 2-3years and AAV 8-10 million.
I’d be shocked if he got 3/30 million. Hopefully not for the team I root for. I could see Galvis getting a 3/21 or so which he may value higher than a 1/8.5 due to the security. He’s a middle aged glove first SS. I think he’s solid enough for a multi year pact just not at that rate. Especially w hech and Iglesias out there. If I were ponying up a guaranteed 30 mil id give it to Iglesias out of those 3. Probably none of them though.
Mid August is much too long, in my opinion. I don’t believe it gives enough time for the additions to make an impact to their new team
People could still make trades leading up to the deadline. They won’t because it would make too much sense, but they should.
Phils should’ve never traded Freddy. Killed us last night
As a padre fan I would gladly trade him back for Enyel.
I second that. As a fan who had watched every game. He played very well against you guys this weekend but trust me, there was some added juice for whatever reason. He has been okay this year, rather see something else next year.
“ . . . the 28-year-old, switch-hitting Galvis has amassed 477 plate appearances in 2018 and batted an unimpressive .237/.396/.355”
Baseball-ref, which you link to, has his OBP/SLG through 473 PA as 294/.347. This is the second consecutive week I’ve found a simple, easily checkable, stat mis-stated in one of your pieces. Not sure how or why this happens but it shouldn’t. Can’t expect folks to trust you on the big things when you don’t bother getting the little things right.
After today’s game it is 477. Baseball ref didn’t update after today’s game yet
“Baseball ref didn’t update after today’s game yet.”
Right, that part I figured out. But why was his OBP off by more’n a hundred points here?
Why was he OBP off? Because they typed a 3 instead of a two.
Jesus you’ve never heard of a typo? Give it up, man. This is a free site.
Can’t expect folks to trust you on the big things when you accidentally hit the “3” instead of the “2”, Dave. Come on, you know that.
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Its a FREE site that posts multiple articles daily. Typos will happen, info may be cited wrong..
If only we had an edit option available in this day and age.
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I wouldn’t move the trade deadline mid August. Deadlines force decisions.
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True, but Jerry Dipoto is probably talking with the Mariners owner. They are planning on negotiating a deal with other owners to remove the deadline, so Jerry can have more time to make more trades. He’s smelled the metaphorical blood in the water, and he’s pouncing.
Whether they move it or not is a big shrug. There were plenty of trades made before Aug 1st.
Have the trade deadline September 1,or at the close of Labor Day. You will see teams load up for sure. And Young blocked prospects would move for sure.
Also have 12 man limit on pitchers available per game,and allow a taxi squad. (3players,generally starters).
Yeah, I think DeShields, Jr’s time is up in Texas. Good fourth OF’er. Pinch runner deluxe. But, a bust as a 1st-rounder.
I hope the Tigers go after Freddy Galvis in the off season. Although he Ks too much, I like that he’s a switch hitter. I think he’ll hit better in DET than he does in SD. His defense is similar to Jose Iglesias but, its hard to say what Iglesias would do if he would stay healthy an entire season:
Iglesias: 134PO – 294A – 7E
Galvis: 163PO – 299A – 7E
I am hoping the Tigers resign Iggy. His D is elite, and he has looked better at the plate this year.
Freddy Galvis has drawn “mixed reviews” regarding defense? That preposterous! Every once in a while we need the math ‘experts’ to leave their calculators at home and actually WATCH a game. Very few SS are as consistent, smooth, and reliable as Galvis. Best defensive SS the Padres have has in well over a decade.
You know who was also smooth? Derek Jeter. Just because they are “smooth” doesn’t make them a good SS. What the hell does smooth even mean anyway? Hr gets mixed reviews because he has limited range but is average to slightly above average at almost everything else. Even if you’re a baseball fan, the eye test is almost always wrong when it comes to fielding. So many diving plays are the result of poor routes, or poor range. The truly elite fielders often make the spectacular look routine.
And it’s because you only “watch” the game and not look at his actual numbers that you do not see why he’s not as good as people make him out to be. Like failstate said, he has limited range and is kind of average in everything else he does. Add that to his lack of a bat and you have a guy who is not really a starting-caliber SS.
Galvis made a play yesterday that was nice to look at because he spun around when fielding the ball. But when watching it in slow mo, the ball was pretty much right at him. But he styled it, and the fans went crazy.
Consistent smooth shortstop with no range which shows up on film. Being the best SS on the padres doesn’t make him good.
If you move the trade deadline, at least move the roster expansion to the first month after spring training instead of the last month of the season.
Roster expansion should be for the whole season, the shuffling between triple a and the majors is annoying.
You wanna keep 40 guys up in the big leagues all season? Well, for one thing that’ll add millions of dollars to a big league payroll. How many guys would get wasted on an extra 15 man bench? You’d have to have a 60 man roster instead of 40 just to protect prospects so they could play in the minors. You’d hamper the development of any player sitting on your bench because no one needs that many bench players. Do you really think that’s a good idea?
I do think they could run with a larger active roster, but limited on any five day…like choosing lineups, managers would submit today’s bench and bullpen.
There’d have to be some limits. Probably require players to be “activated” at least a couple times a week so they’re not warehoused all year… Probably have something like 21 or 22 available for any given game (like real life, not using recent starters) with maybe a pitcher or two designated as injury/blowout relief. This would keep them from totally disfiguring how the game is played by running with one starter and 12 relievers.
Something like this would save a few guys from DFA hell, and would obviously make the Rule 5 draft more interesting.
“on any five day” = on any *given* day
My comment was more to the guy suggesting we have a 40 man roster all year. That’s just ridiculous. There’s way too many hoops to jump through to do anything you proposed either. It just doesn’t work. I could see them adding an additional roster slot to 26. It’s another ~500k assuming you take a guy at the league minimum for every slot added. Even adding 2 slots on a roster would be huge. What teams really need is a deeper bullpen. Rarely is there a position player crunch. But they’re trying to speed up the game and having more relievers certainly wouldn’t do that either. I do think if you had those 2 slots for relievers you’d see a lot less shuttling but the effect might not change at all.
I second that stymeedone.
While I understand why the Padres would want to sign Galvis on the cheap, there is no reason for him to agree to that. Even if he did want to stay in San Diego for some reason, they’d probably try to trade him within a year or two. It would make more sense to go to free agency so he can maximize his earning potential and get to choose who he plays for rather than being told who he plays for.
And then if the Padres overpay to sign him, that would make the trade even more pointless considering they didn’t have to trade for him to do that.
Anyway, I think Freddy is young enough and there are enough teams in need of a shortstop that he should be able to get 3 years, although probably not for more money on an AAV basis than what he’s getting right now.
I don’t see many suitors for Galvis this off-season. How many teams would he start on. Maybe…4?
So why not drag those 4 teams into a bidding war? Preller’s not going to overpay if he has the captive market and if he does it kinda defeats the purpose of trading for Galvis.
Are you dumb or are you acting dumb? There’s 9 available FA shortstops in FA that would be able to fill in at SS. There’s no need for any team to overpay for anyone when the demand is low and the supply is high
Even then. Why should Galvis limit his market to one team?
What am I missing about Tocci? Is he such an elite defender that his .265/.318/.337 hitting over 680 minor-league games doesn’t totally undermine his total value?
Better defensively with a better batting eye (SO/BB) but less power and far fewer steals than DeShields had at that point in his career. Tocci looks like a borderline 4th/5th OF who may be only marginally more valuable (albeit cheaper) than DeShields for 2-3 more seasons Tocci’s likely to be there.