Friday, January 13, 2017

Galvis well deserving of $4.35M payday for 2017

Freddie Galvis had a big smile on his face for most of last season, it's great to see someone having fun on this team

Freddy Galvis got a very good deal from the Phillies yesterday. He was signed to a 1-year $4.35M deal to play for the Philadelphia Phillies. I probably would have tried to sign him for 2 or 3 years. He's at or near his prime, and he really excelled last year with a monster offensive showing.

Galvis hit 20 HR in 2016 and drove in 67 RBI. He looked like he was having a lot of fun too. Much talk about upcoming prospective Phillies player, JP Crawford is waiting in the wings, but Galvis answered with his bat last year and said, "Not so fast, JP."

If there was one thing that could have been better last year for Galvis was his BA, which was .243, had he been able to raise that, he may have had 75 or 85 RBI on the year and really in a position to have an even nicer contract for this year.

Will JP Crawford be taking over for Galvis? Yes, eventually, but there really isn't an all out rush to replace Galvis especially when he had such a great year last year. Freddie is out to prove that last year wasn't a fluke, and he may be writing his own ticket to either a bigger deal from the Phils next year, or somewhere else that could use his services.

Galvis was tied for 8th in most home runs by a shortstop in 2016 in the MLB, he was in the 6th spot for NL SS in HR, His RBI production was 13th of all shortstops last season in the MLB, and 6th in the NL in that catagory. We'll see if new hitting coach, Matt Stairs, can help Galvis get on base even more in 2017, and perhaps drive in more runs in the process.

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