The Cincinnati Reds claimed shortstop Freddy Galvis off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday. While the move wasn’t surprising that Toronto moved on from the 8-year veteran, It was a bit surprising that the Reds were the team to claim him. After all, Cincinnati has a young, talented group of infielders, but the experience that Galvis brings will be welcomed with this young unit. Toronto decided to waive him after they weren’t able to find a buyer at the trade deadline.
The decision to claim Galvis is a solid move for Cincinnati. The Reds have a young and talented group of players to play both shortstop and second base, but they lack experience after Jose Iglesias. With his contract expiring at the end of the season, keeping Iglesias is an uncertainty. Especially when you consider that his projected salary next year is around $10 million compared to the $2.5 million that he’s making this season. Galvis, on the other hand, is making $4 million this year and $5.5 million in 2020. Some experts feel that he is worth more than what he’ll be making next season which is a plus for a lower mid-market team like the Reds. They gain solid production and experience at what could be half the price. It’s still unknown if Cincinnati will try to keep Iglesias, but this move could mean that the team is ready to move on without him.
Galvis has been an average hitter in his career with an above-average glove. He’s batting .267/.200/.763 which is consistent with what he’s done over the past four seasons. Depending on how you look at the stats, his 2019 campaign could be considered his best season yet. He won’t win any MLB awards, but he is a solid addition that can play several roles for the Reds. He’ll most likely platoon with Iglesias, Josh VanMeter, Jose Peraza, Kyle Farmer, and Derek Dietrich when he comes back after a short stint on the disabled list. The Reds are looking to find a nice balance between their talented prospects and experience. Galvis played in every single game in 2017 and 2018. His durability is really good and he may show a little more production in what’s expected to be a limited role.
This is another solid acquisition for Reds general manager Nick Krall. Even though this isn’t a blockbuster move, it does give the team another option in their efforts the build depth at all positions. Cincinnati acquires a shortstop that can also play second base for what appears to be half of the salary that they would pay Iglesias if they pursued him in free agency after the season. That’s the likely scenario, but we’ll just have to wait and see what Krall and the rest of the front office have up their sleeve.