O’s, Gallardo Agree to Deal

The two sides finally came to an agreement.

Two weeks after it was reported that the Baltimore Orioles and free agent starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo were entering contract negotiations, the two finally reached a deal.

Saturday night Gallardo and the O’s agreed on a three-year, $35 million deal to bring the eight-year veteran to the Charm City.

Gallardo broke into the big leagues in 2007 with Milwaukee and played for the Brewers up until last year when he helped the Texas Rangers reach the ALDS. He went 13-11 in his only year in Texas, starting 33 games and ending the season with an ERA of 3.42.

In his seven season with the Brewers, Gallardo was a combined 89-64 with a 3.69 earned run average.

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Yovani Gallardo pitching in a game last July in the stadium he will call his home for the next three seasons.  Photo by Tommy Gilligan / USA Today

The best stretch of his career thus far came during 2009-2013 when he won 68 games and only suffered more than 10 losses in one of those five seasons. He also never won less than 12 games during the stretch.

Gallardo is now known more as a contact pitcher, which isn’t ideal when pitching in a park as hitter-friendly as Camden Yards. However, O’s fans have seen it work well recently in Wei-Yin Chen, who left the team this winter in free agency.

Gallardo is the now the latest free agrent to sign with Baltimore this offseason. VP of Baseball Operations Dan Duquette still may not be done yet, as the team is rumored to be in negotiations with outfielder Dexter Fowler.

Looking at the O’s depth chart, Gallardo likely figures as the No. 2 behind Chris Tillman, largely due to Tillman’s long tenure with the team and Gallardo’s late arrival to Spring Training. If Fowler does indeed ink with Baltimore, he would most likely start in right field.

Baltimore opens the regular season April 4 at home against the Minnesota Twins.

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