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It’s official: Freddy Galvis traded to the Padres for a minor league pitcher

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UPDATE: The deal is done: the Padres have acquired shortstop Freddy Galvis from the Phillies for minor league righty Enyel De Los Santos.

Galvis will serve as the Padres starting shortstop for as long as it takes top prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. to develop into major league readiness. Galvis hit .255/.309/.382 with 12 homers and 14 steals in 2017.

De Los Santos, who will turn 22 on Christmas Day, pitched for Double-A San Antonio last year, starting 24 games and pitching two in relief. He posted a 4.14 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 138/48 in 150 innings pitched.

UPDATE:  Bob Nightengale reports that the Padres have a “tentative agreement” in place to acquire Freddy Galvis and a trade “should be finalized” today. The deal will have a minor league pitcher, not yet identified, heading back to Philly for Galvis.

11:12AM: 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.

Josh Donaldson is still seeking a long-term deal with the Blue Jays

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If it were up to him, Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson would finish the remainder of his career in Toronto. In fact, he’d be “ticked pink” if the club decided to sign him to a long-term deal. Whether the Blue Jays share that sentiment is still unclear, as Donaldson said Saturday that the team has yet to engage his agent in extension talks.

“I’ve said that I wanted to be here,” he told MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm. “That’s pretty much all I can say. I’m not the one who makes the decisions, nor would I try to put them in the position to do that. Like I said, I believe the situation will become more fluid when the time is right.”

That doesn’t necessarily mean an extension is out of the question. The Blue Jays reached an unprecedented one-year, $23 million agreement with the three-time All-Star in arbitration, and have been reticent to field trade offers despite continued interest from the Cardinals this winter.

Donaldson, 32, is poised to enter his eighth season in the majors and fourth with the Blue Jays. In 2017, he batted .270/.385/.559 with 33 home runs and a .944 OPS in 496 plate appearances, ranking sixth among all major league third baseman with 5.0 fWAR. He’s scheduled to enter free agency following the 2018 season.