Freddy Galvis reportedly will play in Japan in 2022

Freddy Galvis has had two stints with the Phillies. (Cody Glenn/Icon Sportswire)

It appears that after his second stint with the Philadelphia Phillies, Freddy Galvis is headed overseas to continue his professional baseball career.

Nishinippon Sports — via Yahoo! Japan — reports that Galvis will join the Nippon Professional Baseball’s Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks. Broderick Zerpa also tweeted that Galvis is headed to Japan.

Galvis, who recently turned 32, split the 2021 season between the Baltimore Orioles and Philadelphia Phillies. He slashed .242/.302/.407 with 14 home runs and 40 RBIs over the course of his 10th major league campaign.

This was, of course, Galvis’ second go-round with the Phillies. The Venezuelan-born infielder spent the first seven seasons of his major league career with the Phillies. He was the team’s starting shortstop from 2015-2017, succeeding franchise icon Jimmy Rollins. In addition to the Phillies and Orioles, Galvis has also had stints with the San Diego Padres, Toronto Blue Jays and Cincinnati Reds.

It’s unclear why Galvis has elected to head to Japan. We don’t yet know, assuming this deal is finalized, how much Galvis will make in Japan. Presumably, it’s more than he felt he would get in America. It’s also possible that Galvis will be an everyday player for the Hawks. Had he signed with an MLB team, Galvis may have been used in a utility role. That was probably his best path to reaching the postseason for the first time in his career, but some players would prefer to be in a situation where they play as frequently as possible.

With Galvis seemingly departing and Ronald Torreyes electing free agency after being outrighted off the 40-man roster last month, the Phillies inked Johan Camargo to a one-year deal/$1.4 million deal to be a utility infielder Wednesday night.


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    December 2, 2021 at 10:39 pm

    Overpaid bunch of prima donnas .Getting the salaries they get to hit and catch a baseball is ridiculous BuT owners have no one to blame but themselves as they are the reason there is a union

  2. Carly Antfran

    December 3, 2021 at 4:11 pm

    Cannot blame him at all as the length of the lockout is unknown as is his MLB future so take the sure thing while you can still play. Wish him the very best of luck.

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