The San Diego Padres have acquired the shortstop they were looking for this off-season, informed Bob Nightengale of USA Today.
According to Nightengale, the Padres and Phillies have reached a deal that would send Venezuelan shortstop Freddy Galvis to San Diego for minor league prospect Enyel de los Santos.
The Padres who have fellow Venezuelan Yangervis Solarte as the starting shortstop, would probably be demoted to a utility role why Galvis takes over the everyday duties at the number 6 position.
Galvis played his first complete season in 2017, batting for .255 with 12 home runs and 61 RBIs and 14 stolen bases in 162 games. The Venezuelan is known for his incredible defensive skills.
At 27-year-old, Galvis is only under control for this season on a $4.35 million dollar contract.
According to Nightengale, the Padres pulled the trigger after they engaged in talks with free agent Zack Cozart, which probably means the price was too high especially for them trying to sign Eric Hosmer.
The trade could actually lead to the signing of Hosmer, as the first basemen wants to be a part of a winner as soon a possible and not 2 to 3 years in the future.
De los Santos a 21-year-old Dominican was the Padres #13 prospect and was well viewed by the organization.
In Doble-A in 2017, De los Santos had a 10-6 record with a 3.78 ERA on 150 innings pitched.