Anthony Rizzo could be promoted any day now, as it’s believed the Cubs have waited long enough to delay his free agency until after the 2018 season, but he won’t be called up this weekend.
Cubs manager Dale Sveum confirmed as much in comments to Jose M. Romero of CSNChicago.com yesterday and was non-committal when asked whether the 22-year-old first baseman would join the team when they return home Monday to face the Mets.
“I don’t know if there’s a date on it,” Sveum said. “It’s obvious he’s coming soon but we don’t have a date yet.”
Meanwhile, Rizzo continues to rake with Triple-A Iowa. He went 3-for-4 with a double, triple and three RBI last night and is hitting .355/.416/.722 with 23 home runs, 62 RBI and a 1.138 OPS through 67 games. Bryan LaHair is expected to make the move to right field upon Rizzo’s arrival.
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.