As the Texas Rangers continue to try to fix their rotation, which was one of their weak spots last year, they made significant steps in the right direction today. According to Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi of Fox Sports, the Rangers acquired Yovani Gallardo and cash to from the Milwaukee Brewers for infielder Luis Sardinas and minor leaguers Corey Knebel and 18-year Marcos Diplan. The Brewers are paying $4 million of Gallardo’s contract which is $13 million.
Gallardo was 8-11 last year with a 3.51 ERA and 1.29 WHIP. The 28-year old will slot in behind Derek Holland or Colby Lewis as the number three or four starter. He has spent the last few years as the Brewers ace and has proven that he is a reliable pitcher in this league.
Sardinas is just 21-years old and played in 43 games last year. He hit .261 and a .616 OPS. The versatile infielder can play second, short stop, and third base. I expect him to come into spring training with the Brewers and push Scooter Gennett for that second base position, and can even be insurance for Jean Segura at short.
This is the third team Knebel will be playing for in the last seven months. He was traded from the Detroit Tigers to the Rangers for Joakim Soria, and now he is traded to Milwaukee. The 23-year old pitched in eight games for Detroit last year, all out of the bullpen, and had a 6.23 ERA. When he was with Texas, he pitched in the minors. Knebel could have a shot to break camp as a bullpen pitcher.
Diplan is an 18-year old prospect who was with the DSL Rangers 1 team in the Rangers system. Diplan is a hard throwing right hander that was 7-2 with a 1.54 ERA in the Dominican Summer Legue (DSL). Has a few years before he could come up.
This trade is good for both teams and Texas just keeps getting pitching depth just in case they have a season like last year where their number one and number two guys got hurt. They have already acquired Ross Detwiler from the Washington Nationals and now have a legitimate chance to compete in the AL West.