Could Freddy Galvis soon don Phillies red pinstripes for the first time since 2017?
Recent rumors suggest that the Philadelphia Phillies reuniting with shortstop Didi Gregorius is still a possibility this offseason. With several players at the position still free-agents, however, there is no urgency for the Dave Dombrowski-led organization to re-sign the veteran at this time, and fulfill his wish for a lucrative, multi-year deal.
In the meantime, the Phillies appear to be considering all other options on the table. And, them just opting to have Jean Segura and Scott Kingery man the middle-infield next season is one of them. The team has also been linked to having interest in other free-agent shortstops, in addition to Gregorius. Among those players include a former American League MVP finalist in Marcus Semien and former Phillie Freddy Galvis — according to a Thursday report from the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Scott Lauber.
“As they monitor the situation, they are also eyeing alternatives, including Semien and a possible reunion with Freddy Galvis,” Lauber writes.
Galvis, 31, has played nine seasons in the majors — his first six in Philadelphia starting in 2012. The Venezuela native was long considered the eventual full-time replacement to hits leader Jimmy Rollins, and he eventually assumed that role starting in 2015.
In 642 games as a Phillie, Galvis slashed .245/.287/.372 with 92 doubles, 20 triples, 52 home runs and 233 RBI.
Since being dealt to the San Diego Padres in December 2017 for Enyel De Los Santos, Galvis has played for the National League West team, along with the Toronto Blue Jays and Cincinnati Reds. This past season, he slashed .220/.308/.404 in 47 games.
Signing Galvis to a one-year deal would buy time for the team’s rising shortstop prospect — Bryson Stott — to develop and be ready to play regular innings in the majors starting in 2022.
Of course, the Phils can’t go wrong re-signing Gregorius long-term, either.