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Phillies, Freddy Galvis avoid arbitration

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Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly reports that the Phillies and shortstop Freddy Galvis have avoided arbitration, agreeing on a $4.35 million salary for the 2017 season.

Galvis, 27, was entering his second of three years of arbitration eligibility. this past season, Galvis broke out by hitting 20 home runs in 624 plate appearances, equaling his total from 2012-15 across 1,153 PA. He also knocked in 67 runs while batting a meager .241/.274/.399.

Galvis is slated to open the season as the Phillies’ starting shortstop, but he’s expected to be supplanted by prospect J.P. Crawford in the second half if all goes according to plan.

The Red Sox are calling up Rafael Devers

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Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox are calling up third base prospect Rafael Devers. He’ll be in Seattle for the start of the three-game set between the Sox and Mariners.

Devers, 20, is the top prospect in the Boston system according to MLB Pipeline. He has spent most of his season with Double-A Portland, where he hit .300/.369/.575 with 18 home runs and 56 RBI in 320 plate appearances. He was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket after the All-Star break. In eight games with Pawtucket, Devers hit .355/.412/.581 with two home runs and four RBI.

There is still just over a week until the non-waiver trade deadline, but perhaps the Red Sox seem confident Devers can be the answer to the third base problem.

Stephen Strasburg exited Sunday’s start with an apparent injury

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It’s not a good day if you’re a star starting pitcher. First Clayton Kershaw, now Stephen Strasburg. The Nationals’ right-hander lasted only two innings in Sunday’s start against the Diamondbacks, leaving with an apparent injury. Strasburg held the D-Backs to a hit and three walks with two strikeouts without allowing a run. Matt Grace relieved him in the third inning.

Including Strasburg’s two innings on Sunday, he’s carrying a 3.25 ERA with a 141/37 K/BB ratio in 121 2/3 innings.

The Nationals should pass along word on Strasburg’s condition shortly.