Gallardo turned down the Rangers' qualifying offer on Friday and will remain a free agent, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Gallardo had an impressive year in his lone season with Texas, posting a career-low 3.42 ERA but saw his strikeout rate fall while his walk rate climbed. The Rangers are still expected to go after the 29-year-old in free agency, but they'll get a compensatory draft pick if Gallardo does sign elsewhere.
Gallardo was tendered a qualifying offer by the Rangers on Friday, TR Sullivan of MLB.com reports. Gallardo had a strong season after being traded to Texas over the offseason, pitching to a career-best 3.42 ERA en route to earning the club's Game 1 start in the ALDS. He'll turn 30 in February, but it's likely that the righty will turn down the qualifying offer in hopes of landing a multi-year contract in free agency.
Rangers starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo will start Game 1 of ALDS against the Blue Jays on Thursday, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Cole Hamels went nine innings on Sunday, so he wasn't available to make the start, leaving Gallardo next in line for the opportunity. However, considering Gallardo's struggles as of late (he's made it through six innings just once since the start of August), he will probably be on a short leash. Hamels and his 3.65 ERA will likely take the mound in Game 2.
Rangers starter Yovani Gallardo didn't factor into Friday's decision, giving up two runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out four over 4 2/3 innings in a win over Houston. Gallardo struggled with efficiency on Friday, failing to get past the fifth inning on 87 pitches. In 15 starts since Independence Day, Gallardo has made it through six innings just twice. His 4.21 BB/9 rate can be identified as a primary culprit in his inability to pitch deep into games. Given his weak strikeout totals, there is little incentive to have him in your rotation.
Rangers starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo's next start was moved back to Friday against the Astros. The move allows Cole Hamels to move up to Thursday so that he can make three more starts this season. Of course, that means Gallardo will only get two more starts during the regular season.