With the trade deadline having passed at 4 PM EST this afternoon, the Baltimore Orioles did make an 11th hour deal. They sent SS Freddy Galvis to the Philadelphia Phillies. In exchange, they got Single-A pitcher Tyler Burch.
Galvis of course played in Philadelphia for five years, so this is a homecoming of sorts for him. For what it’s worth, the Orioles will see Philadelphia at Citizens Bank Park in the last week of the season. So they’ll play against Galvis as an opponent later this year.
Burch is a RHP and been playing at the minor league level since 2015. He’s 3-3 on the year with Single-A Clearwater, with a 4.51 ERA. This isn’t a move that will benefit the O’s at the big league level anytime soon, if ever. But it’s another farm hand in the organization, and that’s always a good thing.
This also signals that the Birds are content with Ramon Urias both in the field and at the plate. So maybe Galvis can go to Philadelphia and make a deep run into the playoffs. Meanwhile, maybe the O’s found their man at middle infield for now.
Earlier in the day the Birds also sent reliever Sean Anderson to Tampa for cash considerations. Anderson of course will be back in Baltimore next weekend when Tampa comes to town. All low level moves, but moves none the less. I would look at that as a symptom of the fact that the Orioles’ rebuild is working. Sure they could have traded the Mullins’, Mancini’s, et al of the world and gotten massive returns. But do you want to rebuild forever? They’re doing just fine where they are. Carry on, for the rest of the season.