The Low End Of A Potential Return
Call these worst-case scenario examples if you will, but we may as well look at the low-end possibilities as well if the market doesn’t play in the Blue Jays’ favour this summer.
One infielder who was dealt last year in a pretty minor trade was Asdrubal Cabrera, a veteran known more for his bat than his glove. He was dealt from the Mets to the Phillies last year and New York received a minor league pitcher named Franklyn Kilome in return. The Mets don’t have a terribly strong system either, but Kilome is now ranked at #9 among their prospects.
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Last but not least from last year’s deadline, we could include Ian Kinsler as well, although Galvis should be worth far more than him at this stage of their respective careers. Galvis has the far superior glove and likely is a much better hitter these days as well.
For the sake of comparison, Kinsler was traded from the Angels to the Red Sox and managed to get himself a World Series ring in the prospect. In return for the second baseman, the Sox sent left-handed pitcher Williams Jerez to L.A. The 26-year-old southpaw pitched 15 innings in 17 appearances for the Angels last year., and is now in the San Francisco Giants organization, making one appearance in 2019 so far.
Galvis’ solid start to the 2019 season is certainly helping his value and making it easier for Atkins to draw interest before the singular deadline this summer. With so many talented infielders in the minor league system in Toronto, it feels like a foregone conclusion that he’ll get traded this summer, even if his club option for 5.5 million next year could prove to be a bargain as well.
At the time of his signing, I wasn’t sure I was a big fan of the front office bringing in the veteran infielder, but so far he’s worked out to be an important piece of the team and a valued example to the even younger players around him. If they shop him as expected this summer, the infielders that have been traded over the last year paint a fairly positive opportunity for a decent return.
He’s not going to bring back a top five prospect, but if the Blue Jays can get a top 10-20 piece from a contender, and hopefully another starter with upside, it will make the Galvis signing look even better than it already does.