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Yovani Gallardo- 2 year/$22 million
Another free agent pitching signing that didn’t pan out for the Baltimore Orioles. Gallardo and the O’s had originally agreed to a three-year deal worth $35 million, but eventually agreed to a two-year deal worth $22 million and an option for a third year at $13 million after his physical raised some concerns.
Gallardo won 89 games in eight seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers, logging more than 180 innings in all but two seasons and was coming off a respectable season with the Texas Rangers that saw him go 13-11 with a 3.42 ERA and one of the lowest home run rates of his career (0.7/9 IP).
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Expected to help solidify a rotation consisting of Chris Tillman, Kevin Gausman, Ubaldo Jimenez, and Miguel Gonzalez and fill in the hole left by the departure of Wei-Yin Chen, Gallardo struggled his way to a 6-8 record, 5.72 ERA, and the highest walk rate of his career (4.7/9 IP).
He was traded after the first year of his deal to Seattle for outfielder Seth Smith. After pitching for Seattle, Cincinnati, and Texas over the next two seasons, Gallardo remained unsigned in 2019. Now approaching 34, it seems unlikely we see Gallardo back in the major leagues.