The Baltimore Orioles announced Tuesday night that veteran infielder Freddy Galvis will be joining the team on a one-year, $1.5 million contract. In order to make room for Galvis on the 40-man roster, Chris Shaw was designated for assignment.
The move comes as the Orioles looked to fill a major void at the shortstop position with the 2021 season incoming.
The 31-year-old Galvis started 31 games at shortstop and 11 games at second base last season for the Cincinnati Reds. He only hit .220 on the season, but he’s primarily known for his fielding. He led the National League in fielding percentage in 2016, 2017, and 2018.
The native of Punto Fijo, Venezuala, is a career .247 hitter, who had his best seasons in the mid-2010s with the Phillies, Padres, and Blue Jays. Galvis will likely start at shortstop for Baltimore on Opening Day. Other names that will compete at the shortstop position include Pat Valaika, Ramón Urías, and Richie Martin.
This acquisition comes in the wake of José Iglesias being traded to the Angels in December. Galvis has a $250,000 trade bonus in his deal as well.
Welcome to Birdland, Freddy!
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