The Baltimore Orioles appear to have found their new starting shortstop for the 2021 season. Earlier this week they inked SS Freddy Galvis to a one-year deal. This isn’t a move that’s going to make many waves or raise any eyebrows, but Galvis is decent enough as a placeholder.
Galvis signed for $1.5 million – again, just for one year. The contract also pays him an additional $250,000 if he’s traded during the season. GM Mike Elias on Galvis (quote courtesy of Joe Trezza, MLB.com):
He definitely looked like a really good fit all along. We wanted to target some proven veteran middle infield presences, and I think Freddy Galvis is an ideal solution for us to that end, with what he brings to the table with his accomplishments, being a proven commodity and how we feel he’s going to fit in with this young lineup.
At 31 years old, Galvis is a career .247 hitter with 95 homers over nine seasons. However he’s best known as a solid defensive shortstop. And that might be just what the Orioles need to anchor the infield defense in 2021. This as they continually look for their shortstop of the future.
I hope sure they allow fans into ballpark this year. Any word about that from the league or team yet?
The league’s said they anticipate allowing fans into the parks this year, taking social distancing into account.