DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Freddy Galvis conceded things might eventually change, but the veteran infielder is under the impression that he will be the Blue Jays' everyday shortstop at the start of the season.Galvis joined Toronto late last month on a one-year deal. At the time, he was expected to compete
DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Freddy Galvis conceded things might eventually change, but the veteran infielder is under the impression that he will be the Blue Jays' everyday shortstop at the start of the season.
Galvis joined Toronto late last month on a one-year deal. At the time, he was expected to compete for the starting job with Lourdes Gurriel Jr., who is also a candidate to move around and be used at other positions. But Galvis is working with the understanding that the shortstop job is his.
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"If you give me a glove, I can play wherever, but no catcher," Galvis said with a smile on Monday morning. "My main position is shortstop, I love to play shortstop, but like I said, we're going to wait for the manager and the plans. So far, the plans are to play shortstop every day."
Gurriel is a candidate to be used as a super utility player. The 25-year-old should still expect to receive some playing time at shortstop, but he will also be used at third, second and possibly even a corner outfield spot by the end of the year.
Galvis was added, at least in part, to provide some veteran leadership to an inexperienced squad. He will work alongside prospect Bo Bichette this spring, and Gurriel during the season -- and before long, he will have the best prospect to his right at third base.
"I've seen a lot of young players with really good talent, but with different mentalities," Galvis said of Vladimir Guerrero Jr. "I think his mentality, so far, seems way different. He's a mature kid. Coming from his father, he was a hard worker, everybody knows. So he has kind of the same mentality. From what I've seen so far, I really like it. The mentality he has will help him be a really good player. He's like 19 years old, and he's a really good player."
Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo did not appear to take issue with the remarks Marcus Stroman made to the media on Sunday morning. Stroman criticized the Blue Jays for a lack of veteran leadership and lamented the current state of free agency, and he said that Toronto has yet to approach him about a long-term extension, even though he's made it clear that's exactly what he wants.
Stroman also suggested, both on social media and during his scrum with reporters, that Toronto should sign free-agent outfielder Carlos Gómez.
Montoyo was asked the following day for his take on Stroman's comments and whether he would need to sit down with his big-name pitcher to talk about the current state of affairs.
"No," Montoyo said matter-of-factly. "He's doing great. He had a great bullpen. Everything is good in [the clubhouse], so there's nothing to [worry] about. We did talk today. He did put something out there about Carlos Gomez, or something, and I like Carlos Gomez. Carlos Gomez sent me that tweet and said, 'Hey, I'm here.' It's all good. He wants to win. Stroman wants to win. It's all good."
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Travis in the outfield
Devon Travis is expected to see some time in the outfield this spring, as the Blue Jays look for creative ways to get his bat into the lineup. Travis has spent his entire Major League career at second, but the Tigers briefly experimented with him in the outfield before trading him to the Blue Jays for outfielder Anthony Gose prior to the 2015 season.
Travis will be pushed for playing time at second by Gurriel and Brandon Drury. The 27-year-old Travis will need to hit in order to keep his spot in the lineup, and some occasional starts in left would give him more opportunities to do just that.
"It sounds great, any way to get into the lineup is a good thing," Travis said. "I'm thankful for the opportunity, and I look forward to moving forward and looking forward to what I can learn out there."
Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.