The Toronto Blue Jays announced today that they signed infielder Freddy Galvis to a one-year, $4 million deal with a $5.5 million club option for 2020. The buyout on the option is $1 million, making it a $5 million guarantee.
The 29-year-old Galvis hit .248/.299/.380 with 13 homers and eight steals over 162 games with the Padres in 2018. While that isn’t the most inspiring line on the planet, Galvis has played in all 162 games for each of the past two seasons and played 158 and 151 games in the two seasons before that. While the overwhelming majority of those games came at shortstop, he has seen time at second, third and in left and center fields in his career.
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. was presumed to be the Jays starting shortstop, but either that will now change or else Galvis will be a super utility, playing all the time, all over the field.
On Friday evening, Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association announced the first set of results for COVID-19 testing as part of the mandatory intake screening process under MLB’s COVID-19 Health Monitoring & Testing Plan. Per Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the Athletics are not part of this data because their testing has not yet been completed.
There were 38 positive tests, accounting for 1.2% of the 3,185 samples collected and tested. 31 of the 38 individuals who tested positive are players. 19 different teams had one or more individuals test positive.
Sports Illustrated’s Emma Baccellieri notes that the positive test rate in the U.S. nationally is 8.3 percent. The NBA’s positive test rate was 7.1 percent. MLB’s positive test rate is well below average. This doesn’t necessarily mean that anything is wrong with MLB’s testing or that it’s an atypical round of testing. Rather, MLB’s testing population may more closely represent the U.S. population as a whole. Currently, because testing is still somewhat limited, those who have taken tests have tended to be those exhibiting symptoms or those who have been around others who have tested positive. If every single person in the U.S. took a test, the positive test rate would likely come in at a much lower number.
Several players who tested positive have given their consent for their identities to be made known. Those are: Delino DeShields (link), Brett Martin (link), Edward Colina, Nick Gordon, and Willians Astudillo (link). Additionally, Red Sox lefty Eduardo Rodríguez has not shown up to Red Sox camp yet because he has been around someone who tested positive, per The Athletic’s Jen McCaffrey.