Yovani Gallardo, Orioles agree to two-year contract

The trade for Yovani Gallardo helped the Rangers make the postseason last year as a result Gallardo pitched for the Rangers in Game 1 of the 2015 ALDS against the Toronto Blue Jays, earning the win. Photo Courtesy: Arturo Pardavila III
The trade for Yovani Gallardo helped the Rangers make the postseason last year with Gallardo earning the win in Game 1 of the 2015 ALDS against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Photo Courtesy: Arturo Pardavila III

By Alex Gustafson

The Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a two-year, $22 million contract with Yovani Gallardo. The contract includes a team option for 2018.

ESPN reported Saturday that Gallardo and the Orioles had agreed to a three-year, $35 million contract, but the team voided the initial contract over concerns during the pitcher’s physical.

“It was a little bit different, to be honest, it’s part of the situation, becoming a free agent, but I’m past that,” Gallardo said in an article from ESPN.

The Orioles baseball operations department take their physical examinations of their players seriously, and although Gallardo did not show any major injuries, they decided that taking a year off the initial terms was the best option.

Over the course of his nine-year career with the Milwaukee Brewers and the Texas Rangers, Gallardo compiled a 102-75 with a 3.66 ERA and has averaged 191 innings over the past seven seasons, one of the many attributes the team liked about their new starter along with his relatively clean medical history.

“Yovani helps us, because he’s shown us he’s a very dependable starter,” executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said in an article from mlb.com. “He’s up to the challenge of going against the best pitchers, and he’s done that in the course of his career. I think when you have dependable starting pitchers, and you have the experience that Yovani has, the other pitchers, the younger pitchers, they have a good role model. They can watch him do his job, but I think they can set in comfortably and do their job.”

With the signing of Gallardo the Orioles forfeit the 14th overall draft pick in June first year player draft after the pitcher rejected the Texas Rangers’ qualifying offer earlier this off-season.

The team now features an all right-handed starting rotation after Wei-Yin Chen signed with the Miami Marlins earlier this off-season: Gallardo, Chris Tillman, Ubaldo Jimenez, Kevin Gausman and Miguel Gonzalez.

“Yovani will be the first to tell you he’s going to try to do his part and be somebody we are going to trust and depend on. Nothing more, nothing less,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said in an article for ESPN. “We feel good about that time of commitment for someone like him.”