WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 11:  Freddy Galvis #13 of the Philadelphia Phillies hits a solo home run in the eight inning during a baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on September 11, 2016 in Washington, DC.  The Nationals won 3-2.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
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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.

Phillies to expand protective netting at Citizens Bank Park

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - APRIL 11: New protective netting now protects lower deck fans from dugout to dugout at Citizens Bank Park before an opening day game between the San Diego Padres and Philadelphia Phillies on April 11, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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Starting in 2015, the Phillies made strides to expand protective netting at Citizens Bank Park. In August, this past season, Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis lined a foul ball into the stands that struck and injured a young girl. After that game, he pleaded for the Phillies to expand protective netting so that it protects fans behind the dugouts. The next day, another foul ball went into the stands around the same area and struck another fan. Galvis threw his hands up in disgust.

Galvis may now be getting what he’s been asking for. MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki reports that the Phillies will be extending protective netting to the far ends of both dugouts. The netting will be eight feet high.

The netting issue has created debate that has even involved the likes of Stephen King, who wrote in the Boston Globe last April why he very much dislikes the netting at Fenway Park. But seeing as it’s become a litigious issue, Major League Baseball and its individual teams seem to be taking the issue more seriously than they did just a couple of years ago, which is good to see. And while some fans don’t like the idea, the players seem to be for it.

Reds sign Drew Storen to a one-year deal

TORONTO, CANADA - MAY 29: Drew Storen #45 of the Toronto Blue Jays delivers a pitch in the eleventh inning during MLB game action against the Boston Red Sox on May 29, 2016 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon reports that the Reds have signed reliever Drew Storen to a one-year major league contract. The deal is worth $3 million with an additional $1.5 million available in incentives, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

Storen, 29, started the season with the Blue Jays but struggled to a 6.21 ERA over 33 1/3 innings. The club traded him in late July to the Mariners in exchange for Joaquin Benoit. After joining Seattle, Storen put up an improved 3.44 ERA with a 16/3 K/BB ratio in 18 1/3 innings.

Reds manager Bryan Price had been planning on using a three-headed giant in the closer’s role with Raisel Iglesias, Tony Cingrani, and Michael Lorenzen. Given Storen’s recent inconsistency and injury issues, he’s not likely to jump back into the closer’s role immediately. The most likely scenario figures to be Storen setting up for Iglesias.