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  1. Fantusta

    April 12, 2012 11:05 PM

    The Bonafacio one isn’t loading for me, it’s just a black caution exclamation mark… thing.

  2. Fantusta

    April 12, 2012 11:19 PM

    And on a non-technical glitch related note, he has been a treat to watch field, and at Wednesday’s game, the “Freddy” chants were simultaneously chilling and heartwarming!

  3. Allen

    April 12, 2012 11:39 PM

    This is great. I really expected less out of Freddy coming fresh out of the minors. He’s not Utley, but in the words of a famous farmer… “That’ll do, pig.”

  4. Ryan

    April 13, 2012 07:54 AM

    I’m wondering if he’s already a better fielder than Utley ever was. He certainly has some things to learn but already has more range and a much better arm.

  5. Alex P.

    April 13, 2012 08:02 AM

    Hypothetical. Really, really hypothetical.

    Freddy Galvis stays really good at fielding and becomes average at hitting. Chase comes back at the end of May/beginning of June and performs well; should the Phillies trade Utley? I love the guy as much as anyone, but this whole missing a quarter/third/half of the year thing is getting as old as Utley. And wouldn’t trading him to an AL team with hitting problems (and preferably an open DH spot) for some young players be good for everyone? Maybe I’m panicking, but when I hear “degenerative joint condition” I think you have to move him sooner rather than later.

    Again, really really hypothetical.

  6. LTG

    April 13, 2012 08:12 AM

    Great interview with Schwimer on FG:

    www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/michael-schwimer-pitch-by-pitch-stat-geek/

    Alex, Utley is still more productive in half a season than Galvis could be over a full season. Despite the knee problems last year he graded out as a very good defender. He claims that the knee that forced him to miss time last year is fine now. If anything the Phillies could move him off of 2B after this year, but I doubt they will need to. Trading Utley for some prospects that might contribute to Phillies some time down the road is a guaranteed way to close the current window.

  7. Bill Baer

    April 13, 2012 08:15 AM

    In that scenario, you’d be selling Utley at a very low value: just returning from an injury that will nag him the rest of his career, and he hasn’t had 500 PA in a season since 2009.

    Also, a lot of Utley’s value centers around his playing second base. His bat is amazing… for a second baseman; it wouldn’t play nearly as well at DH. Plus, his defense (as mentioned above) has been second to none.

    Thirdly, the Phillies would be making that move based on two months of observation at the MLB level for Galvis. Not nearly enough time to make any kind of conclusion other than that his fielding is really pretty.

    Finally, Utley is owed $15 million this year and $15 million next year. That, combined with his injury problems, make him a fit for only a few teams willing to take the risk and the Phillies would have to pay a lot of that remaining salary else they take next-to-nothing in return.

    You never know. After all, the Blue Jays managed to turn Vernon Wells into Mike Napoli and Juan Rivera, but most teams are wiser than that.

  8. Tyler

    April 13, 2012 08:51 AM

    Galvis is Middle Infield insurance. When Chase is back, is there any reason to keep Michael Martinez on the bench? Trade him for a belly rub to be named later.

  9. hk

    April 13, 2012 09:55 AM

    Ruben Frank just said on WIP that Galvis is the best fielding 2B that the Phils have had since Manny Trillo, so it must be true. He also said that it’s good to have a young kid pan out for once, unlike Dom Brown. I’m not sure what he said after that as my ears were bleeding…

  10. nik

    April 13, 2012 10:14 AM

    Mitch Williams was on WIP yesterday morning tearing up Amaro for trading away Valdez. Basically said Valdez is superior in every way to Galvis, especially the GLOVE.

  11. pablo

    April 13, 2012 10:20 AM

    hk, did he really say that and mention Dom Brown by name? If he did Reuben is an even bigger ass than I thought he was.

  12. hk

    April 13, 2012 10:31 AM

    Yes, he did and Ike Reese agreed with him, with Ike going so far as to say that Freddy plays the game the right way while Dom Brown was known to “Cadillac” it and didn’t run out a ground ball or two.

  13. Alex P.

    April 13, 2012 10:39 AM

    I guess something I should have included in the hypotheticalness was a GM dumb enough to make the trade; because it would be a ton of risk for the team taking him, and we would probably have to take on a good bit of his contract. I feel like that won’t be as big of a deal though with the money coming in from the TV deal. I suggested an AL team simply because it would be easier for that team to build in rest for Utley, and possibly mitigate some of that risk. By no means was I suggesting he be a DH exclusively or even most of the time.

    Here was another part of my thinking; with the new playoff format, there are going to be a lot more buyers than sellers at the deadline. At the very least I think its something RAJ should consider, albiet in a very quite discrete way.

  14. Steve Jeltz

    April 13, 2012 10:58 AM

    Bill I admire your restraint when replying to the “trade Utley” post. As everyone knows, all GMs are seeking players with degenerative conditions. Mitch Williams played baseball and it is very clear he knows nothing about putting a team together. Maybe Dom should be allowed to play so we can see what he can do?

  15. Pat

    April 13, 2012 11:08 AM

    Alex – Galvis just can’t hit enough yet. He’s ok in a utility role and he’s fun to watch on defense, but Utley is a huge upgrade once he’s ready to play. For a win-now team, it doesn’t make sense to move Utley.

  16. Evan

    April 13, 2012 11:12 AM

    How many defensive studs like Galvis spend their days in the minors because they can’t hit? I figure there’s probably a few who we’ll never know much about, Gavlis was on the right team at the right time.

  17. Sulla

    April 13, 2012 11:23 AM

    Give Galvis some time.
    Remember that he’s playing a new position…as a rookie.
    What did Utley hit his first season?
    Or, maybe more appropriately, what did Polanco hit?

  18. Tyler

    April 13, 2012 11:23 AM

    RAJ is probably considering trades that would blow our collective minds, but trading Utley makes 0 sense. Having Utley and resting him regularly to bring Galvis in can only help both players. Galvis’s bat will hurt the team in everyday play enough to detract from any advantage his glove brings.

    The question is– when utley comes back, can he handle 2b? If the answer turns out to be ‘no,’ then the team should figure out where he CAN fit. Which is the premise of my inspirational sports drama script ‘Utleys in the Outfield’

  19. Jonny

    April 13, 2012 11:32 AM

    This kid has the stuff that major league players are made of. Now if he continues to grow into his bat as well as he has in the minors we’re in for a treat. Go Phills!

  20. bharring

    April 13, 2012 11:33 AM

    So are Utley and Rollins gonna have to platoon at shortstop after the All Star break? :D

  21. Sundar

    April 13, 2012 12:50 PM

    I’m just happy that trading Valdez forced their hand in promoting Galvis. Sometimes (DOM BROWN) they avoid promoting guys at all costs. He is far from a finished product, but his defense is major league and there certainly is enough pieces around him to allow proper growth without getting in over his head.

  22. Sundar

    April 13, 2012 12:51 PM

    certainly are* enough pieces. WOW. I should not be posting at work..

  23. Rich

    April 13, 2012 03:28 PM

    Maybe we should leave Galvis at 2nd to see if he grows like he did in the minors.

    Meanwhile puedo platoon Utley and Palanco at 3rd to get full seasons out of them and move Utley back to 2nd after he’s Fully(??) recovered. This desn’t mean Utley doesn’t get some starts at 2nd when he’s ready. Utley in the outfield doesn’t help his knees!!

  24. LTG

    April 13, 2012 04:04 PM

    Utley’s arm is probably not strong enough for 3B. The only other position he could play if his knees hobble him is 1B.

  25. Phillie697

    April 13, 2012 04:25 PM

    “This kid has the stuff that major league players are made of.” Yes, because we know this after all of six games. Go read MB’s article for some laugh and perspective.

    You know the difference between Dom and Galvis? Nothing. Galvis’s offense is LITERALLY as bad as Dom’s defense (his penchant for hitting 2-RBI doubles in all of six games notwithstanding), and it’s not entirely clear if Galvis’s defense is on par with Dom’s offense. We play both sides of this game at the major league level, guys, don’t forget that.

  26. Allen

    April 13, 2012 11:31 PM

    @Phillie697

    So far Juan Pierre is making up for any shortcomings Galvis might have this season (his first MLB HR tonight not withstanding).

  27. Gaël

    April 14, 2012 07:16 AM

    Fun with arbitrary end points and small sample sizes: since April 9 (the first game of the series against the Marlins, when he got his first major league hit), Galvis is batting .357/.357/.714. What a stud.

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