On Saturday evening it was reported that the Orioles and free agent starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo agreed to terms.
The original deal put on the table was for three years and $35 million, plus a fourth year option.
However, upon Gallardo arriving in Sarasota for his physical, the Orioles saw something with Gallardo’s shoulder that they did not like. Gallardo’s velocity and strikeout rates have gone down over the years, but he has not had any significant shoulder issues. He has never been a regular on the disabled list, and has made 30 starts or more every season since 2009.
The Orioles have always been notorious for being extremely nit-picky and cautious when it comes to physicals. In this case, being cautious with Gallardo’s shoulder is okay because Gallardo has a first-round pick attached to him.
It was reported throughout the day on Wednesday that the Orioles would try to work with Gallardo and his agent to restructure their deal. Around 7 pm on Wednesday evening MASN’s Roch Kubatko confirmed that the Orioles and Gallardo agreed to a new set of terms.
Shortly after the news broke, it would be reported that Gallardo’s deal is worth $22 million over two seasons with a third year option. Gallardo now has the opportunity to make up to $33 million if he picks up the option after two seasons.
Now, Gallardo will join the team and the Orioles rotation that will most likely feature Chirs Tillman, Kevin Gausman, Ubaldo Jimenez and Miguel Gonzalez. Most are predicting that either Gallardo or Tillman will be the opening day starter for Baltimore.
If you would like to take a look at some more of Gallardo’s numbers and stats, check out my previous post from Saturday.