Phillies manager Charlie Manuel has been vocal in his support of Galvis, who he believes can get 200-250 at-bats in a utility role. Manuel said that would be better than 500-550 at-bats with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He also regularly praises Galvis' defensive skills and baseball instincts.
Galvis entered Friday's Grapefruit League game against the Braves at Bright House Field hitting .288 (17-for-59) with six doubles, two triples, two home runs, eight RBIs, a .311 on-base percentage and a .559 slugging percentage.
Frandsen was hitting .286 (14-for-49) with four doubles, one triple, two homers, six RBIs, a .314 on-base percentage and a .531 slugging percentage. Betancourt was hitting .439 (18-for-41) with three doubles, nine RBIs, a .444 on-base percentage and a .512 slugging percentage.
The Phillies have played the numbers game in the past, optioning a player like Galvis to maintain their depth.
Frandsen is out of options, and he signed a guaranteed one-year, $850,000 contract. He is well liked in the clubhouse. But Betancourt is the true 'X' factor. He has an opt-out clause, meaning he can be released if the Phillies inform him Sunday he has not made the 25-man roster. His agent Alex Esteban told MLB.com earlier this week Betancourt has loved his time with the Phillies and definitely wants to stay, but they would exercise the opt-out clause.
Betancourt should be able to find a big league job elsewhere, with infielders dropping frequently as of late.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.