Jordany Valdespin will henceforth wear a cup

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The fact that it takes a Justin Verlander fastball to the undercarriage to get one to do this makes me wonder about Jodany Valdespin’s priorities, but at least he has learned something from his horrible HBPiD the other day:

 

In other news, this picture is circulating on Reddit. I believe everything I see over there so I’m gonna assume it’s legit even though, because I can tell from the pixels and I have seen a lot of Photoshops in my day, the baseball looks somewhat fake.

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Enjoy your nightmares, gentlemen.

Padres close to acquiring Freddy Galvis from the Phillies

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Scott Miller of Bleacher Report says that the San Diego Padres are in “serious” talks with the Phillies to acquire shortstop Freddy Galvis. He said that a deal could happen today, in fact.

Galvis, 28, is a superior defensive shortstop. He hit .255/.309/.382 with 12 homers and 14 steals over 162 games in 2017. Which, while not good, is pretty much as good as he gets on offense and works well enough given his glove and given how durable he has proven to be.

No word on what the Phillies would get back for Galvis, but 2013 first rounder J.P. Crawford is clearly the Phillies’ shortstop of the future. Crawford, who was called up and played in 23 games in 2017, has great range and an MLB ready glove. He has some holes in his swing but some pop too, so there’s no reason for Philly not to install him at short now.