The Padres have signed newly acquired shortstop Freddie Galvis to a one-year contract for $6.825 million dollars, according to Robert Murray of FanRagSports.com. He had been projected by MLBtraderumors.com to draw $7.4m this season. 2018 is his final year of arbitration eligibility, so he’s due to become a free agent at the end of the season unless the team negotiates an extension with the 28-year-old switch-hitter.
The last time the Padres entered into arbitration with a player was in 2014, when Andrew Cashner insisted on an extra $125k and won his case. Arbitration hearings can create bad blood between players and ownership, so the team has worked hard to avoid it in recent seasons. The Padres still have yet to settle with Brad Hand, Cory Spangenberg, Matt Szczur, and Kirby Yates. The deadline for teams to avoid entering arbitration with their eligible players is today, so expect some news to come about the remaining players today.