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January 13, 2016

Galvis avoids arbitration, agrees to one-year deal with Phillies

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Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis is probably plenty happy that he and his team avoided arbitration. He'll earn $2 million in 2016. (Lynne Sladky/AP)

The Phillies and shortstop Freddy Galvis have avoided arbitration, coming to an agreement on a one-year, $2 million deal for the 2016 season on Wednesday night, according to multiple reports, the first from MLBNetwork's Jon Heyman. The team confirmed the deal on Thursday morning. 

Galvis was one of three arbitration-eligible Phillies (and 156 major league players) to officially file for arbitration on Tuesday. By coming to terms on a deal, Galvis and the Phillies won’t have to go through the next stage of the arbitration process: players and their respective teams will exchange salary figures for the 2016 season on Friday. If the two parties do not come to agreements in the next month, arbitration hearings will take place in February.

It’s unlikely the Phillies will have to go that route with starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson or reliever Jeanmar Gomez, their other two arbitration eligible players. In coming to terms with Galvis, they also secured their Opening Day shortstop more than a month before officially has to report to spring training.

Galvis, who earned $513,500 last season, .263 with a .302 OBP in 151 games in 2015, his first year as the team’s everyday shortstop. Galvis was tied with Odubel Herrera for the team lead in hits, with 147.

Galvis was in his first year of arbitration eligibility. The 2016 season could be a telling one for the defensive-first shortstop: top prospect J.P. Crawford could graduate to the big leagues at some point this summer, pushing Galvis to another position or a utility role depending on his own productivity.

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