The Orioles have their 2021 shortstop, and it’s Freddy Galvis. On Tuesday night, they announced that they had signed Galvis to a one-year contract.
Galvis, 31, has played nine years in the majors with Philadelphia, San Diego, Toronto and Cincinnati. He has a lifetime average of .247 with a .647 OPS.
In the 60-game 2020 season, Galvis played 47 games for the Reds, hitting .220 with seven homers and 16 RBIs. He had an on-base percentage of .308.
Galvis has shown power. In 2016, Galvis hit 20 homers and drove in 67 runs for the Phillies. In 2019, he hit 23 homers and drove in 70 runs with the Blue Jays and Reds.
He’ll be the Orioles’ third primary shortstop during the time that Mike Elias has been general manager. Jonathan Villar started in 2019 and was traded to Miami that December. José Iglesias, who was signed as a free agent in January 2020, was traded to the Los Angeles Angels last month, shortly after the Orioles picked up his $3.5 million option for 2021.
According to The Baltimore Sun, Galvis’ contract is for $1.5 million and he receives $250,000 if the Orioles trade him.
To make room for Galvis on the 40-man roster, the Orioles designated infielder/outfielder Chris Shaw for assignment.