Orioles Sign RHP Yovani Gallardo
Spring Training workouts may have begun for many clubs this week, but that doesn’t mean that “hot stove” season is over.
The Baltimore Orioles added a strong force to their pitching rotation on Saturday with the signing of RHP Yovani Gallardo. According to multiple sources the deal is said to be three years for $35 million. Signing a starter is a necessity for the O’s who finished the 2015 season at 81-81 and are lacking a strong starter in their rotation. Last season the Orioles’ starters had a combined 4.53 ERA (14th in the league) and ranked 12th in the American League for the amount of quality starts.
Gallardo will now join starters Chris Tillman, Ubaldo Jimenez, Kevin Gausman and Miguel Gonzalez in hopes of being competitive in the American League East.
The twenty-nine year old had a rough 2015 season with the Texas Rangers despite their run for the American League West Championship. He was just 13-11 with a 3.42 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP.
Before being traded last January to the Rangers, Gallardo was a member of the Milwaukee Brewers since being drafted by the organization in 2004. He has a career 102-75 record along with a 3.66 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP.
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