TORONTO – A little more than two weeks before Dunedin's launch date for launchers and catches, the Blue Jays of Toronto added some depth and competition to the half-infield situation.
When signing a campocort of 29 years Freddy Galvis In a one year and 4 million Monday deal, the Jays added a player capable of providing excellent defense: its Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) brand more than 7 last year in 1,401 innings in his solitary season with the Fathers of San Diego placed him eighth in baseball among the camps, which gave Lourdes Gurriel Jr. a push of spring training.
Do not make any mistake, Galvis is going to play a lot. The 1.2 fWAR that was published last year had been tied fifth position among the players in the position of Blue Jays, and it can be argued that it is the only current short-term soccer field.
The bar line with .248 / .299 / .380 with the Pads was nothing to write at home, but he achieved 13 home runs and stole eight bases.
Even more importantly, Galvis played 162 games and walked to the plate at least 600 times in each of the last four seasons.
On the other hand, Gurriel lost significant time with head, ankle and muscle injuries during the rookie season.
After making 11 home matches in 65 games and gathering one of the most memorable moments of the season: a gust of wind of 11 matches several times in a row, Gurriel has shown great potential with the arrival of the bat at the season of 25 years. the glove is still in question, with many who imagined it in a role of super utility along the way.
His least 9 DRS and seven errors in only 351.1 innings at the shortstop did not help to change this narrative.
As the season progresses, we expect to see a robbery of characters in Charlie Montoyo's central team coach, which is exactly what his former team, the Tampa Bay Rays, did last season successfully.
Galvis can play second, short or third.
Gurriel has played second and short while his arm is also adapted to the third base or field.
Brandon Drury, which will be moved to the third base when Vladimir Guerrero Jr. arrives, can also play the key.
Devon Travis It is the only player that comes without any defensive versatility, which means that he has to hit much more than he did in 2018.
There is also an opportunity that Cavan Biggio, Santiago Espinal or even Bo Bichette would take into account at some point if the strike of injuries or performance dictates.
The Galvis pact comes with a club option for the year 2020, one of which will look somewhat delayed if the Venezuelan manages to put together one year's career in the EST more friendly