Per baseball writer Jon Heyman (not yet confirmed by the Reds):
Freddy Galvis $5.5M option will be picked up by Reds. Great defender had career high 23 HR.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) October 31, 2019
If the report is accurate, the Reds have made their first significant roster decision for 2020 by picking up shortstop Galvis’ option costing $5.5 million. The Reds would have had to pay Galvis $1 million if they turned it down.
The Reds acquired Galvis off of waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays on August 12. He hit well for the Reds for the first two weeks, including four home runs. But over his last 66 plate appearances Galvis had just 6 hits. Galvis injured his knee on Sept. 14 and didn’t play again in 2019. Despite hitting 23 home runs, when you account for the rest of his offense, Galvis was 11% below average in run creation.
Galvis plays above-average SS and is a below average hitter. He could end up being the Reds everyday shortstop, everyday second baseman or utility infielder, depending on what other moves they make.
Payroll implications: The Reds have about $40 million to spend on new roster acquisitions above their current contracts and likely arbitration and pre-arbitration players. They just spent $5.5 million of that on Galvis.
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