Seattle Mariners Free Agency Profile: Infielder Freddy Galvis

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 12: Freddy Galvis #13 of the San Diego Padres gets the force out on Nelson Cruz #23 of the Seattle Mariners and makes the throw to first for the double play in the first inning at Safeco Field on September 12, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 12: Freddy Galvis #13 of the San Diego Padres gets the force out on Nelson Cruz #23 of the Seattle Mariners and makes the throw to first for the double play in the first inning at Safeco Field on September 12, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images) /
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After an extremely active November, Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto entered December with a handful of goals. This week, he has addressed 2 of the goals but one big one remains: finding a veteran shortstop.

The Mariners landed the RHH bat they have been seeking, trading Ben Gamel to Milwaukee for Domingo Santana. They also added Zach Rosscup on a deal to help bolster the bullpen. While there is still work to be done in the bullpen, the next big item on the agenda is finding a shortstop.

While Dipoto sees J.P. Crawford as the Mariners shortstop of the future, that future may not begin until the middle of 2019. As such, Seattle is in the market for a veteran placeholder to handle the duties. In a perfect world, the players would sign a short-term deal and be good enough to recoup a prospect or two at the trade deadline. Enter Freddy Galvis.

The former Philadelphia Phillies and San Diego Padres infielder, Galvis is a 29-year-old who is entering free agency for the first time. A switch-hitter, Galvis has been a below-average bat in his career, posting a career .247/.290/.374 slash with a 77 wRC+ (100 is average).

However, Galvis does have pop in the bat, averaging 15 home runs over the past 3 seasons, and a nice base-runner, capable of stealing 10-15 bases in a full-season.

Defensively, Galvis is a solid, albeit unspectacular, shortstop. He flashes above-average range but is too inconsistent to trust long-term at the position for any contender. He also has experience at 2B, 3B, LF, and CF.

He is primarily a shortstop, although can serve as a decent utility infielder if he sticks around in Seattle for all of 2019. He plays a veteran leadership role for the young Crawford and could have value on the bench or in the trade market come July.

All of these factors make Galvis a surprisingly good target for several teams, but with many contenders settled at shortstop, Galvis may be forced to take a below-market deal to start 2019. Using the old $7 million per win above replacement formula, Galvis is worth somewhere between $8-$10 million on a one-year deal.

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A veteran infielder who can provide value to the Mariners in many ways is high on Jerry Dipoto’s wish list. If the market falls Seattle’s way, a vet like Freddy Galvis makes a lot of sense.

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