The Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to trade their shortstop Freddy Galvis to the San Diego Padres this afternoon. Galvis spent 6 years with the Phillies organization and provided a stop-gap role after long-time Phillie Jimmy Rollins had left. Now with one year left on his current deal, Philadelphia has flipped him for a Padres prospect.
The Phillies acquired the 13th ranked prospect in the Padres system by the name of Enyel De Los Santos. The 6’3″, 21-year old right-handed pitcher finished last season in Double-A going 24-11 with a 3.78 ERA, and 138 strikeouts in 150.0 innings. Although this is a decent haul for a player with an expiring contract, the Phillies could look to use De Los Santos as a trade chip to acquire a bigger piece this offseason (such as Machado or Fulmer).
The most important note from this trade, however, is that this move continues the organization’s strategy of developing the next core of young players. The departure of Galvis opens the gateway for SS J.P. Crawford to take over the middle of the diamond.
Crawford made his major league debut on September 5th, 2017 and hit .214 in 23 games for the Phillies this past season. The youngster also posted a perfect fielding percentage and acted as a late-season utility man, playing at least four games at SS, 2B, or 3B.
More to come.
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