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Blue Jays sign Freddy Galvis

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and DFA Danny Barnes

MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at San Diego Padres
Shortstop Freddy Galvis celebrates after hitting the game winning RBI double in the 3-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifteenth inning at Petco Park
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Well, we now have an answer as to who the 40th man was on the Blue Jays roster: Danny Barnes. Barnes, who is out of options, was DFA’d today to make room for new shortstop Freddy Galvis.

Galvis, 29, signed a one-year contract with the club for $4M, with a club option for 2020. His $4M salary is a deep cut from last year’s of $6.8m, and a step down from 2017’s $4.3M. He hit .248/.299/.380 with a 85 wRC+ in 162 (!) games last year with the Padres. He started at shortstop in 157 of them, and at second base in the remaining five.

Galvis also played in 162 games in 2017, and 158 in 2016.

This gives the team a solid defender at the shortstop position behind Gurriel, and creates a bit of spring training competition.

Welcome, Freddy!