With the 2021 season underway, the Orioles will have a few players at the deadline that could be interesting acquisitions. A Freddy Galvis trade seemed possible after he signed only a one-year contract this offseason. While it took the veteran infielder a little while to get going, he is now hitting .343/.393/.577 over his last nine games. Galvis has been one of the team’s best players and will be a player the team should consider trading.
With plenty of teams currently in the playoff race, let"s look at some Freddy Galvis Trade destinations.
Freddy Galvis Trade Destinations – The National League
Galvis has spent most of his MLB career in the National League and a return to the NL seems like a strong possibility. With teams in both the NL East and NL Central struggling to separate from the pack, multiple teams could be in need of Galvis" services.
The Braves have been a bit of a disappointment so far during the 2021. The Braves, currently in a championship window, could be looking to bolster their offense. Shortstop Dansby Swanson is slugging a meager .216/.289/.362 while second baseman Ozzie Albies is sitting at .229/.312/.459. While it would be unlikely for Galvis to take over full time for either middle infielder, he could serve as a valuable off the bench/spot starter option. Galvis could also fill in for the defensively challenged Marcel Ozuna late in games.
It wasn"t long ago that the Phillies thought they had their long-term shortstop in Galvis. Now, four years later the team could seek a reunion. While Galvis won"t replace Didi Gregorius, Jean Segura or Alec Bohm, he would certainly be a step-up over former top prospect Scott Kingery. The Phillies also have rookie Nick Maton and Ronald Torreyes as middle infield depth options but could opt for a Freddy Galvis trade.
The Reds currently sit at .500 which is only 2.5 games behind the first place Cardinals. The team has gotten terrible defensive production from current shortstop Eugenio Suarez while top prospect/second baseman Jonathan India has struggled in the Majors. Galvis played for the Reds a few years back and a trade could shift Suarez back to third and Mike Moustakas to second. Meanwhile, India could return to AAA for more seasoning.
The Brewers currently sit second in the NL Central despite receiving next to no production from incumbent third baseman Travis Shaw. Over the last four years, Shaw is hitting a miserable .218/.319/.410 and the team could use another consistent bat in the lineup. Galvis could also fill in for Christian Yelich who has battled injuries this season.
St. Louis Cardinals
Galvis would likely be more of a bench/utility player in St. Louis behind a strong infield of Paul DeJong, Nolan Arenado and Tommy Edman, however, DeJong has struggled this season and Galvis could find playing time in left over Tyler O"Neill. Perhaps the biggest concern for the Cardinals offense is the lack of production from backup infielders Matt Carpenter and Edmundo Sosa.
San Francisco Giants
The Giants have been one of the best stories so far in 2021 currently leading both the Padres and the Dodgers. They"ve been able to accomplish this despite losing both Donovan Solano and Tommy LaStella to injuries. While both will be back well before the trade deadline, they serve as an example for the importance of depth. Also, shortstop Brandon Crawford is struggling and could be headed towards a platoon.
Freddy Galvis Trade Destinations – The American League
While teams don"t love to deal to divisional rivals, the relatively low impact of a Freddy Galvis trade won"t rule out other AL East teams. Meanwhile, teams across the league could use a depth option and the well traveled Galvis also has some familiarity within the American League.
New York Yankees
Could the Yankees make sense for a Freddy Galvis trade? The rival in New York currently sit only one game above the Orioles but built a roster trying to win a championship. The team has received little production from utility infielders and is overly right handed. The switch hitting Galvis could replace Tyler Wade and the injured Rougned Odor in the infield or Clint Frazier and Brett Gardner in left.
Boston Red Sox
With the Giants, the Red Sox have been one of the best surprises of the 2021 season. The Red Sox could use a player like Galvis as an upgrade over Marwin Gonzalez off the bench. The team has also received minimal offensive production in left field but the Green Monster might make the position a bit harder for Galvis.
Kansas City Royals
The Royals could be a sleeper team for a Freddy Galvis trade. The team started the season off red-hot but have gone 2-8 over their last 10. A big reason for their recent struggles is lack of offense from the left side of their infield. Currently, Nicky Lopez at short is hitting .200 and Hunter Dozier at third is at .168. If this team sticks around a bit longer, they could look for a cheap alternative.
The final team that could be interested in a Freddy Galvis trade is the Oakland Athletics. Two things the A"s have historically liked are players on friendly contracts and players who can play multiple positions. Galvis emphatically checks both of these boxes. It helps that the A"s have received limited production from Elvis Andrus at short and Vimael Machin off the bench.
Freddy Galvis Trade Options
As we approach the deadline, their is a very real possibility that many teams are interested in a Freddy Galvis trade. His ability to play multiple positions while having some pop could make him an intriguing option for many teams. Meanwhile, the Orioles could simply decide to keep Galvis as a veteran presence for their young squad or if the team can claw back into contention.
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