The longest-tenured Phillies player will soon be on his way to San Diego
As the smoke dissipates from the Winter Meetings in Orlando, the Phillies have reportedly come close to a trade that would send Freddy Galvis to the San Diego Padres.
Bleacher Report’s Scott Miller first reported Friday morning that a deal was close and could be completed later today. Later reports have suggested a minor league pitcher will be heading to Philadelphia in return for Galvis.
Galvis is the longest-tenured Phillie and has survived a myriad of trades over the years. First arriving in the big leagues as the organization’s top prospect in 2012 Galvis has been a perrenial candidate for the Gold Glove. He’s covered time at second base in place of the ailing Chase Utley and has solidified himself as the team’s starting shortstop since the departure of Jimmy Rollins.
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Last season Galvis played in all 162 games for Philadelphia and set career-highs in hits, doubles, and triples. During a prolonged losing streak, he emerged as a leader in the clubhouse and helped keep the team afloat during a losing season.
With the arrival of top prospect J.P. Crawford, Galvis became expendable and is one of the team’s best trade assets. He’s been connected to the Padres as a short-term stopgap before their top prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. arrives.
Galvis is on a one-year deal and is in the final year of arbitration, making him a cheap option for the Padres as they try to sway superstar Eric Hosmer to the west coast.
Second baseman Cesar Hernandez is also expected to be moved this offseason but at a much higher price considering he has multiple years of team control left.