Yovani Gallardo has gone through periods where he was been wild and others where he has pitched to contact, but it was the worst of both worlds in 2015. Yet despite a career-low 1.78 K/BB ratio, Gallardo was reasonably effective for the Rangers, going 13-11 with a 3.42 ERA. He put plenty of runners on base, but by allowing only 15 home runs over 184 1/3 innings, Gallardo was able to avoid more frequent disasters. However, he turned in only 12 quality starts and was far less valuable to Fantasy owners than to his real world counterparts. Wherever he winds up as a free agent, he is not poised to be of use to owners outside of AL- or NL-only leagues.
Gallardo and the Orioles remain in contact as Baltimore has interest in signing the starting pitcher, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. Gallardo has thrown between 180 and 210 innings in each of the past six seasons and has posted an ERA between 3.50 and 4.00 in five of them. The Orioles need some depth in their rotation, and as such it's a fit that makes sense. Gallardo has succeeded in hitters' parks in the past -- Texas and Milwaukee -- so there's no reason he can't handle Camden Yards.
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.