Adrian Gonzalez, who has driven in a run during each game of Boston’s current nine-game winning streak, has overtaken Mark Teixeira in the AL All-Star balloting in the update announced Tuesday. He has 2,027,537 votes to 1,774,024 for Teixeira.
If Gonzalez can stay ahead of Teixeira, he might be the only non-Yankee infielder starting in Phoenix. Robinson Cano has second base all locked up, while Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter are about 300,000 votes ahead of their closest competition (Adrian Beltre and Asdrubal Cabrera, respectively). Russell Martin is set to be the catcher.
The Yankees will also have a starter in the outfield, with Curtis Granderson nearly guaranteed a spot alongside leading vote-getter Jose Bautista. Josh Hamilton has 350,000 votes on Jacoby Ellsbury for the third spot, with Ichiro Suzuki and Carl Crawford further behind.
The DH appears increasingly likely to be David Ortiz and deservedly so. He’s opened up a 550,000 ballot lead on Michael Young.
Free agent right-hander Yovani Gallardo is headed back to the Brewers on a major league deal, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports. No other terms have been reported yet, as the agreement is still pending a physical.
Gallardo, 31, completed a one-year run with the Mariners before getting his $13 million option declined by the team last month. He provided little value during his time in Seattle, pitching to a 5-10 record in 22 starts and putting up a 5.72 ERA, 4.1 BB/9 and 6.5 SO/9 in 130 2/3 innings as both a starter and reliever.
Still, assuming the veteran righty is on the cusp of a comeback, he may as well try for it with his original club. Gallardo last appeared for the Brewers from 2007 to 2014, racking up a cumulative 20.8 fWAR and peaking during the 2010 season, when he earned his first All-Star nomination and Silver Slugger award. This will be his ninth career season with the club.
Even with Gallardo aboard, the Brewers are expected to continue deepening their pitching stores for 2018. With team ace Jimmy Nelson still recovering from shoulder surgery, the club will enter the season with a projected rotation of Gallardo, Zach Davies, Chase Anderson and Junior Guerra, the latter of whom pitched just 70 1/3 innings in 2017 following a right calf strain and shin contusion. Another big name pitcher could help cement Milwaukee’s rotation and keep them competitive for another year, though they don’t appear to have made any concrete moves in that direction so far.