Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the Rangers are still likely to trade Gallardo and that the Toronto Blue Jays, Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers are among the teams interested in acquiring the veteran right-handed pitcher.
Gallardo, 29, is a player best suited for the National League, given that he is also a decent hitter at the plate in addition to being a solid pitcher.
The Dodgers and Blue Jays are two of the teams that are “all-in” on the David Price sweepstakes (story here) and it’s unlikely they will acquire another pitcher until get an answer back from Detroit on Price.
Chicago makes a ton of sense for Gallardo. They are unlikely to give up a big time package of prospects for a few months of Price. They were reportedly interested in a middle-of-the-rotation type in Mat Latos, but since he is likely to be traded to the Dodgers, he’s out of the picture. People around the game say Latos is a locker room cancer and that is something that Gallardo is not, so he is a better culture fit for what Joe Maddon and the Cubs are building in Chicago.
In 21 starts this season, Gallardo is 7-9 with a 3.19 ERA and 83/46 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
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