PHILADELPHIA -- A source told MLB.com on Thursday afternoon that the Phillies and Freddy Galvis have agreed to a one-year, $4.35 million contract to avoid salary arbitration.
Galvis, 27, hit .241 with 26 doubles, three triples, 20 home runs, 67 RBIs and a .673 OPS in 624 plate appearances this past season. He also played Gold Glove-caliber defense at shortstop. According to FanGraphs, Galvis ranked third among all big league shortstops in DEF (Defensive Runs Above Average).
On a young team, Galvis is a leader in the Phils' clubhouse. He is well-liked by the coaching staff.
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Galvis enters 2017 as the Phillies' starting shortstop, but with J.P. Crawford opening the season with Triple-A Lehigh Valley, he will be pushed. Crawford is the organization's top prospect and the No. 2 prospect in baseball, according to MLBPipeline.com.
Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.