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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.

Yasmany Tomas arrested for reckless driving and criminal speeding

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KTAR News is reporting that Diamondbacks outfielder Yasmany Tomas was arrested on Thursday morning for driving faster than 100 MPH, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety. He was charged with reckless driving and criminal speeding.

The maximum sentence for a criminal speeding charge is up to 30 days in jail and a fine up to $500. It is considered a Class 3 misdemeanor. Tomas may also have his license suspended.

A Diamondbacks spokesperson said, “We are very disappointed to learn of this news. We are still gathering facts, and will refrain from further comment at this time as this is a pending legal matter.”

Tomas, 27, signed a six-year, $68.5 million contract with the Diamondbacks in December 2014 as an amateur free agent out of Cuba. He has mostly disappointed, owning a .769 OPS while playing subpar defense in the outfield as well as at third base, where the club briefly tried him. He battled a groin injury for most of the past season and ultimately underwent core muscle surgery in August.