The Philadelphia Phillies made a series of moves on Friday, including trading veteran infielder Freddy Galvis to the San Diego Padres, and signing slugger Carlos Santana to a three-year/$60 million deal.
The idea of the Phillies trading Galvis to San Diego had been a thought for a while, since the Padres needed a temporary shortstop for the 2018 season, because top prospect, Fernando Tatis Jr is still developing in AA.
The Padres are expected to be competitive next season, so the addition of Galvis makes sense. In 2017, the 28-year-old hit .255 with 12 home runs. Galvis was traded for RHP Enyel De Los Santos.
Even though the Phillies subtracted from their lineup, they added power by adding Santana. Santana will likely play first base for the Phillies, with Rhys Hoskins moving to left field permanently.
The 31-year-old Santana hit .259 with 23 home runs with the Cleveland Indians last season. Santana will fit in well in Philadelphia.
Former Phillies and Blue Jays' pitcher Roy Halladay passed away earlier today in a plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico. Halladay was the only person in the small jet and no mayday called made. There is no explanation at the moment for why the plane crashed. The jet was found in six-feet deep water and was flipped upside down.
The 40-year-old pitched in the big leagues for the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies. During his 16 year career, Halladay won two CY Young awards and finished in the top-5 for Cy Young SEVEN times! Also, Halladay earned the honor of playing in eight all-star games. Halladay threw a perfect game and a no-hitter during his career.
Before Halladay retired in 2013, he had fantastic career numbers, including a 203-105 win-loss record and a 3.38 ERA. Halladay has a chance to make it into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2019.
Halladay had been residing in Florida and served as a coach for the Calvary Christian of Clearwater baseball team. Halladay leaves behind a wife and kids. I send my condolences to his family and friends.
The Philadelphia Phillies made a shocking wave of moves on Tuesday. They designated RHP Jeanmar Gomez and OF Michael Saunders for assignment, making room for LHP Hoby Milner and OF Cameron Perkins on the 40-man-roster.
The Phillies, who are 22-46, have not been able to successfully rebuild since the days, in which their rotation featured Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee. The transaction shocked baseball today, because Gomez was the team's closer entering the season, and Saunders was supposed to be the Phillies' starting left fielder.
Gomez, 29, has spent his eight-year big league career with the Indians, Pirates, and Phillies. This season, Gomez has a record of 3-2, with an earned run average of 7.25, which is obviously not good. In 22.1 innings pitched, Gomez has allowed 18 earned runs and seven home runs. He has two saves this season.
Saunders, 30, has spent his nine-year big league career with the Mariners, Blue Jays, and Phillies. Saunders, was an all-star last year with the Blue Jays, when he hit 24 home runs and collected 57 RBIs. Saunders has disappointed the Phillies front office this season, as he owns a bellow-average slash line of .205/.257/.360 with 6 HRs and 20 RBIs in 200 at-bats.
The Phillies will be responsible for Saunders' one-year, eight-million dollar contract this season, if he is claimed by another team. Saunders has an option for the 2018 season worth 11-million dollars. The Phillies and Saunders agreed to a deal during the free agency period last winter, which guarantees Saunders nine-million dollars.