The Toronto Blue Jays have lost Freddy Galvis after the shortstop was claimed off waivers by the Cincinnati Reds on Monday.
Shortstop Freddy Galvis has been claimed off waivers by the Cincinnati Reds, an industry source told Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi.
The Toronto Blue Jays placed Galvis over the weekend in order to allow the veteran to join another team that had a chance at making the postseason after they were unable to move Galvis at the July 31 trade deadline.
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Galvis signed a one-year deal with the Blue Jays during this past offseason. He was the opening day starter at shortstop and has maintained that spot for most of the campaign. In 115 games with Toronto this season, he hit .267/.299/.444 with 18 home runs and 54 RBIs.
He also continued to be a steady presence with the glove, posting a .986 fielding percentage in 103 games at short.
The 29-year-old was also able to be a mentor for other Spanish-speaking players in the clubhouse like Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Teoscar Hernandez, and Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
Despite his sturdy play for the Blue Jays in 2019, the organization’s youth infusion was going to make it hard for Galvis to see the field. Cavan Biggio made his way to the big leagues in May before top prospect Bo Bichette was called up to the bigs following the trade deadline.
The 21-year-old Bichette, who has taken over at shortstop for the Blue Jays, has been on an absolute tear since being called up. He’s hitting .367/.424/.717 with nine doubles, four home runs and seven RBIs while maintaining a 1.141 OPS through the first 14 games of his career.
Galvis will now have a chance to appear in the postseason for the first time in his career with the Reds, who sit five games back of the final wild-card spot in the National League.
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