The Cincinnati Reds hold a 1-year, $5.5M option on infielder Freddy Galvis for the 2020 season. Galvis came over on waivers in mid-August and mostly played second base for Cincinnati down the stretch. Jon Heyman of MLB Network is reporting that the Reds will indeed pick up the option.
Freddy Galvis $5.5M option will be picked up by Reds. Great defender had career high 23 HR.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) October 31, 2019
Update at 12:55pm on November 1st
The Reds made it official, announcing that they indeed have picked up the option on Freddy Galvis. The original story continues below.
The move isn’t entirely unexpected. It’s not much money, and they would have had to buy out the option for $1M to decline it. So picking it up only costs the team $4.5M. In 2019 Freddy Galvis hit .260/.296/.438 with 28 doubles, a triple, and a career best 23 home runs in 147 games played. For Cincinnati he hit just .234/.284/.411 in 32 games.
With Galvis there’s some give and take going on. He’s a good defender at shortstop and second base. And there’s some pop in his bat. But he also has some swing and miss to his game and doesn’t get on base – his career on-base percentage is just .291.
For Cincinnati, though, the move makes plenty of sense. Jose Iglesias is now a free agent. That leaves the Reds with options to play shortstop between Jose Peraza, and, well no one, unless they picked up the option on Freddy Galvis.
The free agent market is quite bare when it comes to shortstops, too, with only Didi Gregorius looking like an actual starting caliber player among the entire group (sans Iglesias). That doesn’t mean the team won’t look toward the trade market, or even not look at Gregorius or Iglesias for 2020. But it does give them a fallback plan if those things don’t work out. And you could do a lot worse than having Freddy Galvis as your fallback option at shortstop.
Also, in case you missed it late on Thursday afternoon, the Reds traded for outfielder Travis Jankowski. He had spent his career with the San Diego Padres – seeing action in the Major Leagues in each of the last five seasons. Cincinnati sent the Padres international cap space to complete the deal.