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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.

Mets are interested in Rick Porcello

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Jon Heyman reports that the Mets are interested in free agent pitcher Rick Porcello and have been speaking to his agent.

Porcello is coming off a pretty dreadful 2019 season in which he went 14-12 with a 5.52 ERA in 32 starts. That ERA was the worst in the majors among qualified starters. He’s also pretty homer happy. But (a) he’s durable; and (b) a change of scenery and a move to a more pitcher-friendly division and park might do him some good, so it’s not like he’s a bad guy for the Mets to be looking at. He’s only going to be 31 next season and he’s just a year removed from a decent season.

There are far worse bounceback candidates.