Reds Claim Shortstop Freddy Galvis Off Waivers for Blue Jays

Freddy Galvis. Photo by Valerie Shoaps/CSM/Shutterstock

Cincinnati Reds didn’t hesitate when they saw Freddy Galvis placed on waivers by Toronto Blue Jays and immediately decided to claim the veteran shortstop.

Galvis was in the middle of a productive 2019 season in which he played 115 games while batting .267 with 18 home runs and 54 RBIs when Blue Jays decided to move on from him. Reportedly, Toronto had issues with the player’s character while also wanting to give youngsters Bo Bichette and Cavan Biggio more playing time.

Reds, on the other hand, are well covered in the infield but figured some additional depth wouldn’t hurt as they prepare to make a run for a National League wild-card spot.

Cincinnati confirmed the move on social media, announcing that Galvis will wear No.3 jersey.

“I think we’ve all seen him for years. I saw him play a lot in Philadelphia,” – said Reds’ manager David Bell of Galvis. “He always stood out as just a really good ballplayer. Outstanding defensive shortstop, switch hitter, has more power than you would think. We also believe there’s things he can do to continue to get better.”

Galvis is playing on a $4 million contract this year, with his deal having a $5.5 million team option for 2020.