The Phillies rumor mill is starting to heat up with the winter meetings approaching
Multiple media outlets are reporting that the Phillies have received trade offers for middle infielders Freddy Galvis and Cesar Hernandez.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic and Jim Salisbury of NBC Philadelphia connected the Phillies to two west coast teams looking to strengthen their infield. Both Rosenthal and Salisbury report that nothing is imminent, and if anything the Phillies were unimpressed with both team’s initial offers.
San Diego has reportedly made an offer for Galvis to be the short-term solution to their long-held headache at shortstop. The Padres have two top-10 shortstop prospects in their organization with Fernando Tatis and Luis Urias. While the 18-year-old Tatis isn’t expected to arrive for a couple of seasons Urias is knocking on the major league doorstep.
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With only one more season until he hits the free agent market, Galvis would simply be a cheap rental for San Diego. The Padres have a slew of pitching prospects who could benefit Philadelphia both immediately and down the road, making them an ideal trade partner.
Philadelphia is looking to unload Galvis in his final season under contract with the team with top prospect J.P. Crawford making his major league debut last season.
The Los Angeles Angels have also made an offer for second baseman Cesar Hernandez to fill the role of departing free agent Brandon Phillips. Hernandez proved to be a valuable leadoff hitter with speed and potential double-digit power over the last two season starting at second base.
Los Angeles has the weakest farm system in baseball, making any potential trade talks a struggle. General manager Matt Klentak knows the Angels farm system very well having worked in their front office before coming to Philadelphia.
Major league arms such as Garrett Richards could be in play when it comes to a potential Hernandez trade.