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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.

Attempting to complete cycle, Robinson Chirinos thrown out to end game

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With his Astros trailing the Tigers 2-1, catcher Robinson Chirinos began his at-bat in the bottom of the ninth a triple shy of the cycle. He doubled in the second inning, singled in the fourth, and hit a solo homer in the seventh. Yordan Álvarez and Yuli Gurriel both struck out, leaving the Astros’ fate in the hands of Chirinos against Joe Jiménez. After working the count to 2-1, Chirinos slapped an 85 MPH slider to the gap in right-center field. A diving Travis Demeritte could not come up with the ball, but center fielder Harold Castro fired the ball back in to Gordon Beckham, who then made a perfect throw to Dawel Lugo at third base. Chirinos was tagged out for the final out of the game. No triple, no cycle. The Astros lost 2-1.

Chirinos was attempting to become the first Astro to hit for the cycle since Brandon Barnes on July 19, 2013 against the Mariners.

The Astros entered Wednesday’s game as the largest favorite in 15 seasons, according to ESPN’s David Purdum. The Astros were -500 per Caesars Sportsbook. Other sportsbooks had them at -550. So the Tigers’ win was quite the upset.

Justin Verlander went the distance in the loss. The only blemishes on his line were solo homers to Ronny Rodríguez in the fifth and John Hicks in the ninth. They were the only hits he allowed while walking none and striking out 11.