The Orioles traded veteran shortstop Freddy Galvis, who is currently on the injured list, and cash considerations to the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for minor-league right-handed pitcher Tyler Burch.
Galvis, 31, was signed to a one-year, $1.5 million deal by Baltimore this past offseason. He was in the midst of a solid season before suffering a right quadriceps strain in late June that was expected to sideline him for one to two months. Galvis has been rehabbing in Sarasota, Fla., recently and is expected back soon.
The 5-foot-10, 190-pound shortstop was hitting .249/.306/.414 with nine homers and 26 RBIs at the time of his injury. Galvis should serve as a solid veteran infield option for the Phillies once he returns to full health. He spent the first six years of his career with the Phillies.
Signed by Philadelphia as a nondrafted free-agent out of Lewis-Clark State College in 2019, Burch is 8-4 with a 2.63 ERA in 35 career games in the minors. This season, he has appeared in 15 games for the Low-A Clearwater Threshers and eight games for the High-A Jersey Shore BlueClaws, all in relief. With the Threshers, Burch was 3-3 with a 4.91 ERA, 31 strikeouts and six walks in 18.1 innings before getting called up to Jersey Shore June 24. With the BlueClaws, Burch went 1-0 with a 2.45 ERA, 18 strikeouts and two walks in 11.0 innings pitched.
Burch has been assigned to the High-A Aberdeen IronBirds.
Galvis will be paid a $250,000 bonus as part of the trade, per the terms of the contract he signed with the Orioles. He is scheduled to hit free agency this offseason.
Earlier July 30, the Orioles traded right-handed reliever Shawn Armstrong to the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for cash considerations. They also claimed LHP Ryan Hartman off waivers from the Houston Astros and optioned him to Triple-A Norfolk.
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