Cincinnati Reds claim Freddy Galvis off waivers from Toronto Blue Jays

MLB insider Ben Nicholson-Smith joins Good Show in studio to shed some light on the news that the Cincinnati Reds have claimed Freddy Galvis off waivers from the Blue Jays.

TORONTO – Freddy Galvis has been claimed off waivers by the Cincinnati Reds from the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Reds said he is expected to report to the team on Tuesday.

The 29-year-old shortstop was placed on outright waivers over the weekend, giving him a chance to hook up with a contender while allowing the Blue Jays to prioritize Bo Bichette at shortstop, provide Cavan Biggio more reps at second and free up DH at-bats, as well.

The decision comes after the Blue Jays couldn’t find a taker for Galvis ahead of the July 31 trade deadline, and with a logjam in the infield created by Bichette’s subsequent promotion.

In previous years, Galvis would have been a candidate for an August waiver deal but those have been eliminated under the single trade deadline. He’s in the midst of his most productive season in the big-leagues, batting .267/.299/.444 with 18 homers in 115 games with his usual steady defence up the middle.

The Reds assume the remainder of his $4 million salary and the $1 million buyout on a 2020 club option valued at $5.5 million.

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