Fresh off the Winter Meetings where the San Diego Padres acquired Chase Headley, Bryan Mitchell, the club announced Friday it has traded a pitching prospect to the Philadelphia Phillies for Freddy Galvis.
The move fills the Padres biggest need in the perennially vacant shortstop spot. In return for the 28-year-old Galvis, the Padres traded Minor League right-hander Enyel De Los Santos, who is the 13th ranked prospect in the Padres farm system, which is ranked third-best in the nation, according to MLBPipeline.com.
The Phillies have been looking to trade either Galvis or second baseman Cesar Hernandez because they have a glut of infielders. Getting Galvis, who batted .255 with 12 homers and 61 RBIs in 2017, is an upgrade in shortstop and a boon for the Padres’ young offense. He was a National League Golden Glove finalist for the past two seasons.
“Getting some stability in that spot is going to be a very good thing for our ballclub, our pitching staff,” Padres general manager A.J. Preller said. “He’s a winning baseball player.”
It is very likely that Galvis will only spend one season with the Padres. He will become a free agent after next season. The Padres, however, do not think it will only be a one-year fit but do have some flexibility at short. Their No. 4 prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. emergence this year means that the Friars have options in the near future.
If Galvis only stay for one year, he will be the Padres’ fourth consecutive one-year shortstop, after Clint Barmes, Alexei Ramirez and Erick Aybar in the last three years. Preller, however, still think it was worth trading De Los Santos. While he’s No 13 prospect, the Padres’ glut of pitchers made him expendable. De Los Santos was the No. 8 starting pitcher.
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