Blue Jays sign Freddy Galvis

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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.

Guardians trade OF Will Benson to Reds for OF Justin Boyd

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CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Guardians traded outfielder Will Benson to the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday for outfielder Justin Boyd.

The defending AL Central champions also will get a player to be named from the Reds in the swap.

Cincinnati drafted Boyd in the second round last year out of Oregon State. He led the Pac-12 with a .373 batting average and 24 steals in 2022. The 21-year-old batted .203 in 73 at-bats for Class-A Daytona.

The 6-foot-5 Benson spent 28 games with the Guardians last season, batting .182 with three RBIs in 28 games. The 24-year-old struggled at the plate, striking out 19 times in just 55 at-bats.

Benson was once considered one of Cleveland’s top outfield prospects, but has since been surpassed by Steven Kwan, Oscar Gonzalez and Will Brennan.