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.