The Padres are reportedly interested in trading for Freddy Galvis of the Phillies, according to a report by The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.
Galvis, 28, played in all of Philly’s 162 games in 2017 hitting to a slash line of .255/.309/.382 with 12 home runs, 61 RBIs, 29 doubles, and 14 stolen bases. Galvis was just one of five players to play in all of his club’s games last season, and has been a model of durability appearing in 151, 158, and 162 games across the last three seasons.
The Padres have been reported to being long looking for a short term solution at shortstop until one of the club’s top prospects Fernando Tatis Jr. is ready. Tatis Jr. is just 18-years-old, but has already seen action in Double-A, and could be on a fast track to the big leagues.
For the Phillies, they have J.P. Crawford and Scott Kingery ready to see increased playing time in 2018. However, the Phillies are said to be more than satisfied with the amount of depth they have in the infield, so they are not in a rush to move Galvis, or Cesar Hernandez unless they are able to make a deal that suits their needs.
It is worth noting that the Padres are very much in the mix for Japanese star Shohei Ohtani, so there may be some added incentive to field a competitive team in 2018. The Padres went 71-91 in 2017 and finished in fourth place in an impressive NL West division that placed three teams in the postseason.