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.
The Braves and Marlins have some bad blood, especially concerning Ronald Acuña Jr. Around this time last year, José Ureña intentionally threw at Acuña in the first at-bat of a game, leading to a benches-clearing incident. Acuña was hit on the elbow and exited the game but was ultimately fine. Acuña’s crime? Just being good at baseball. At the time, he had homered in five consecutive games, including three games against the Marlins.
In 2019, the first-place Braves and last-place Marlins have mostly minded their own business. The Marlins, however, can certainly keep a grudge it appears. With his first pitch in the bottom of the first inning Tuesday night in Atlanta, Marlins starter Elieser Hernández hit Acuña in the hip.
Home plate umpire Alan Porter issued warnings to both dugouts. Braves manager Brian Snitker wasn’t happy about his side having received a warning for no reason, and was ejected by first base umpire Mark Wegner. Hernández would hit Adeiny Hechavarría with a pitch in the fourth inning — seemingly unintentionally — and was not ejected. Other than that, there were no more incidents and cooler heads prevailed.
Acuña finished 1-for-4 in the Braves’ 5-1 win. Freddie Freeman hit two home runs and knocked in four runs.