MLB trade rumors: Phillies receiving offers for veteran infielders? – NJ.com

Baseball’s offseason business is about to pick up.

For the Phillies, that could mean making a big splash. Or it could simply be about subtracting from a surplus (infield depth) to restock the club in an area of need (pitching).

With young stars like J.P. Crawford and Rhys Hoskins (with Triple-A second baseman Scott Kingery not far behind) ready to take on everyday roles in 2018, the Phillies have a good problem to have: Too many above-average infielders to play on an everyday basis.

According to Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia, rivals are knocking on general manager Matt Klentak’s door ready to help him out by making offers for shortstop Freddy Galvis and second baseman Cesar Hernandez.

Now that they’ve been tendered contracts, Franco, Galvis, Hernandez, Rupp and Garcia are considered signed players for 2018. They will have their salaries determined by an arbitration panel later this winter if they fail to come to agreement on a salary before then. It is still possible that any one of these players could be traded. It’s no secret that the Phillies have a pair of young middle infielders on the way in J.P. Crawford and Scott Kingery. Galvis and Hernandez are both very much available for trade and the Phillies have received offers, according to sources. However, none of the offers have been to the Phillies’ liking.

The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal speculated on the San Diego Padres having interest in Galvis.

With the Winter Meetings set to begin next week, shipping either Galvis or Hernandez away makes sense.

Galvis, 28, will enter is final year of arbitration in 2018 before becoming a free agent next winter. The slick-fielding shortstop is a valuable defender, but has never posted anything close to an average offensive season. Last year, Galvis hit .255/.309/.382 across 608 at-bats.

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