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Report: Phillies have received trade offers for Freddy Galvis and Cesar Hernandez


Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports that the Phillies have received trade offers for shortstop Freddy Galvis and second baseman Cesar Hernandez. Those offers, however, haven’t been to the club’s liking.

Both Galvis and Hernandez were tendered contracts ahead of Friday’s non-tender deadline. Both are expendable, though, with J.P. Crawford at shortstop and top propsect Scott Kingery at second. That being said, the Phillies are content going into spring training with a surfeit of middle infielders.

Galvis, 28, hit .255/.309/.382 with 12 home runs and 61 RBI in 663 plate appearances this past season, appearing in all 162 games. While his offensive skills are lacking, he plays superb defense at shortstop and has versatility, having also played second and third base as well as the outfield during his six-year career.

Hernandez, 27, finished the season batting .294/.373/.421 with nine home runs, 34 RBI, 85 runs scored, and 15 stolen bases in 577 plate appearances. Like Galvis, Hernandez plays plus defense and has versatility, but he also runs the bases well.

The Padres are believed to have interest in Galvis while the Angels continue to have interest in Hernandez.

Dbacks outfielder Steven Souza injured his right shoulder last night

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Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder Steven Souza dove for a ball in a spring training game last night, missed, and ended up injuring his right shoulder.

It looked bad, too. Center fielder Jarrod Dyson stood over him, frantically waving to the dugout for a trainer as Souza kicked his legs in apparent pain. Souza held his arms awkwardly as he walked off the field. At the moment the Dbacks are calling it a right shoulder strain, but he’ll get an MRI on it today after which a more specific diagnosis will come.

If Souza is out for a while it’s a pretty big blow to Arizona’s 2018 plan. Souza was acquired to help cushion the blow of losing J.D. Martinez in free agency. While not the hitter Martinez is, Souza hit 30 homers in Tampa Bay last year, stood likely to at least match that in the more hitter-friendly confines of Chase Field and, of course, plays superior defense.

Potential replacements for Souza include moving David Peralta from left to right and inserting Yasmany Tomas in left or having fourth outfielder Dyson, or perhaps a platoon of Dyson and utilityman Chris Owings, handle right. Socrates Brito is another internal option.

Obviously the Snakes will wait to hear the results of the MRI before going too deeply into replacement plans, all the while hoping that Souza’s injury is far less serious than it appeared to be last night.