According to Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports, the Philadelphia Phillies have reportedly traded SS Freddy Galvis to the San Diego Padres for minor league prospect RHP Enyel De Los Santos.
De Los Santos posted a 10-6 record to go with a 3.78 ERA and 8.3 K/9 in 26 games for Double A San Antonio. The 21-year-old starting pitcher has totaled a 24-11 record, 3.70 ERA and 8.3 K/9 in 65 combined games between the Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres farm systems since 2015.
The Phillies knew that they had a crowded middle infield going into the offseason, but that didn’t mean that they were going to give away one of their talented middle infielders.
“The fact that we have a number of very talented and athletic infielders that can play different positions puts us in an enviable position where if we choose to trade somebody because we feel like the return is worth it, then we can do that,” General Manager Matt Klentak told the Athletic, via the Athletic’s Meghan Montemurro.
While the return for Galvis might not seem like much, there are reasons for that. Galvis is going into the final year of his contract, and, although he is an excellent fielder, has never been known for his ability at the plate. All of that has led to a diminished return for the Phillies.
De Los Santos, who was ranked 13th on the Padres’ prospect list by MLB.com, qualified to Klentak as a good enough return for the team to pull the trigger on a Freddy Galvis trade. The return that the Phillies received in this trade isn’t the only effect that is coming from this trade.
The Phillies have a crowded middle infield, with SS JP Crawford, 2B Scott Kingery, SS Freddy Galvis and 2B Cesar Hernandez all vying for a starting job next season. Due to this trade, the team has somewhat cleared up that logjam in the middle infield.
Philadelphia needed to clear up space in the middle infield for some of their young players that are ready to come up to the majors, and this trade begins to do that. Galvis, who hit .255 with 12 HR and 61 RBIs last season, will now become the starting SS for the Padres, while presumably JP Crawford will move into that role for the Phillies.
Crawford struggled out of the gate in his limited time at the end of last season, hitting a meager .214 in 70 at-bats for the Phillies. However, his plate discipline, something that made Crawford stick out throughout his years in the minors, stayed constant. His OBP was .356, showing that he can still get on base even when his bat is not working for him.
Trading Galvis allows the Phillies to move Crawford to the starting SS role, but the logjam remains over at 2B. As the winter meetings continue and the MLB offseason roles on, it will be worth keeping an eye on what, if anything, the Phillies do with Cesar Hernandez.
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