Today, the Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to a one-year pact with infielder Freddy Galvis. The deal has a team option for 2020. Mark Feinsand reports that Galvis will receive $5MM guarantee and that includes a $4MM salary for the coming season and $1MM buyout on a 2020 option that can instead be exercised at $5.5MM.
To make room for Freddy Galvis on the 40-man roster, right-handed pitcher Danny Barnes was designated for assignment.
Galvis will most likely be the main backup middle infielder with the Blue Jays most likely looking at giving the youngsters more playing time. Galvis has primarily played shortstop his whole career in the MLB. He will push Devon Travis for playing time at second base, as I believe the team wants to let Lourdes Gurriel Jr grow at short.
Surprisingly, this was the veteran’s most productive overall effort at the plate in his MLB career with his .248/.299/.380 slash and 13 long balls translating to a personal-high 85 wRC+. Not a big output at the plate, but it is a tad above his lifetime output (.246/.290/.374).
Finally, Galvis has been more known for his glove than his stick. He has only committed 24 errors over the past three campaigns. He usually has a solid UZR and shady DRS, but this past season those metrics flipped on him.