According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, the reported deal between the Baltimore Orioles and free-agent starter Yovani Gallardo could be in jeopardy after the team reviewed the results of Gallardo’s physical. Gallardo and the Orioles had reportedly agreed to terms last week on a three-year contract with an option for a fourth year, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. According to Yahoo! Sports' Tim Brown, the deal is worth $35 million.
Gallardo, 29, has not missed significant time with an injury since 2008 when he tore the ACL in his right knee, but as Passan reports, the Orioles are notorious for being “sticklers” when it comes to their prospective players receiving a clean bill of health.
Gallardo owns a 3.66 career ERA over nine seasons and threw 184 1/3 innings for the Texas Rangers in 2015, marking the seventh straight year he has pitched at least 180 frames. The righthander spent his first eight years in the major leagues with the Milwaukee Brewers before joining the Rangers last season. Because he received a qualifying offer from Texas, Gallardo would cost the Orioles their first-round pick (No. 14 overall) in the 2016 draft if signed.
If the deal is consummated, Gallardo would join Chris Tillman, Miguel Gonzalez, Ubaldo Jimenez and Kevin Gausman in Baltimore’s rotation.
– Kenny Ducey