The Toronto Blue Jays improved their infield defense by adding Freddy Galvis on a one year deal
The Toronto Blue Jays have been quiet for most of the off-season so far, but they put an end to that today with the signing of infielder Freddy Galvis.
It was announced via the Blue Jays PR, that the team had signed the former San Diego Padres fielder. The contract is worth $4 million for this season, and also comes with a club option for the following season. Galvis’ contract also comes with a $1 million buy-out if the Blue Jays decide to not exercise his option for the 2020 season.
To make room for Galvis on their 40-man roster, the Blue Jays have also announced that they’ve designated Danny Barnes for assignment. The Blue Jays now have ten days to decide to either place him on waivers, trade him, release him or assign him to one of their minor-league affiliates.
Source: Freddy Galvis' deal with Toronto is for one-year, $4M, with $5.5M option for 2020. There is a $1M buyout on the option, so he's guaranteed $5M in the deal. Galvis has already passed his physical. Deal also includes awards bonuses. @ShiDavidi was first with the deal.
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) January 29, 2019
This is reportedly the second off-season in a row that the Blue Jays have been linked to Galvis now. According to Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet, the team was interested in him last off-season as well. But, ultimately traded for his former teammate, Yangervis Solarte.
Galvis also seems to be a perfect fit with the Blue Jays, especially for the price that they’re going to be paying for him. With Troy Tulowitzki now with the New York Yankees, the Blue Jays were in dire need of some depth up the middle of their infield.
The Blue Jays currently have Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Devon Travis as their starters at second-base and shortstop. However, manager Charlie Montoyo has stated that no one on this team is going to be given playing time just because of who they are, or what they’ve done in previous seasons.
This signing just proves more of that as well. Gurriel has shown in previous seasons at the major league level and at the minor league level, that his defense is currently a weak spot for him. Which is a big reason why the Blue Jays felt like they needed to add a player who’s a defensive first player.
Freddy Galvis has been durable, playing 150+ games for four straight years. Worth 1+ WAR each of those seasons.
Has a bit of power (20 HR in 2016), but OPS+ has floated between 78 and 88 during that time (below average even compared to SS). Metrics like his glove #BlueJays
— Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) January 29, 2019
Galvis’ defense and durability is the major traits that attracted the Blue Jays to him. In just the last two seasons, Galvis has appeared in all 162 games. The 29-year-old is also capable of playing all around the infield if needed. He’s mostly been utilized up the middle of the infield. But, he also has 27 career appearances at third-base and 12 in the outfield as well.
If Gurriel or Travis struggle to perform effectively, then we will likely see Montoyo turn to Galvis and his very effective defensive skills. In 160 games at shortstop last season, Galvis only committed nine errors. Which ranked him second among all shortstops for committing the fewest errors in the MLB.
The Venezuela-native is also capable of providing the Blue Jays with some quality offense as well. With the Padres last season, Galvis hit 13 home runs, 67 RBI’s, .248 BA, .680 OPS along with a 88 OPS+. While those numbers don’t jump off the page at you, keep in-mind that he produced those numbers in the National League West.
So, it’s very likely that Galvis will be able to create even higher numbers with him now playing in the very hitter-friendly ballparks of the AL East. Which will likely result in him being apart of this Blue Jays team for not just this season, but also next season as well.
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My name is Thomas Hall. I’m a former graduate of Sheridan College. I’ve been writing for just over 2 years. My most recent writing stint came at The Sporster. I’m also a massive sports fan, obviously baseball and the Blue Jays are No. 1 for me. But, football, basketball and hockey aren’t far behind.