If the Yankees can’t get their hands on free agent Manny Machado, who could meet with them this week, they have an interest in Freddy Galvis playing shortstop until Didi Gregorius returns from Tommy John surgery.
But they aren’t the only team looking at the switch-hitting veteran infielder.
According to a person with knowledge of the situation, the Pirates — who lost shortstop Jordy Mercer to the Tigers on Friday when he signed a one-year deal for $5.25 million — have a big interest in the 29-year-old Galvis, who spent six years with the Phillies and played for the Padres in 2018.
“[Galvis] can play short, second and third, and if you needed him he can play the outfield,” a talent evaluator said. “He has some pop and is a real good guy.”
In seven years, the 5-foot-10, 185-pound Galvis has played 655 games at short, 94 at second and 27 at third. He has played 11 games in left field and one in center.