Report: Orioles interested in Yovani Gallardo

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The Baltimore Orioles have made it clear that they will try to upgrade their rotation this offseason and they are expressing interest in free agent starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.

With the Texas Rangers last season, Gallardo had one of his best statistical seasons as a pro, going 13-11 with a 3.42 ERA and a 121/68 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

It’s unknown what he is seeking, but Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun believes that Gallardo could land a four-year deal.

Gallardo isn’t one of the top-tier pitchers available in free agency, but he is a solid second-tier free agent pitcher. Towards the end of his time in Milwaukee, it seemed like Gallardo was declining since he was losing velocity on his fastball, but after a solid season in Texas he put those concerns to rest — for now.

Given how he is a decent hitter, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Gallardo end up back in the National League. In his eight seasons in Milwaukee, Gallardo proved that he was one of the best hitting pitchers in the league.

What may scare some teams off is that Gallardo comes with the qualifying offer, meaning that if a team wants to sign him, they would have to give up a draft pick.

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