Alex Rodriguez is getting all the headlines, but Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz was also among the players that yesterday’s Miami New Times report linked to a biogenesis clinic that sold performance-enhancing drugs.
Rangers boss Nolan Ryan was asked about the story and said the team hasn’t spoken to Cruz about it, via Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas:
When something like that happens, I think we need to let things settle down. It’s an ongoing investigation by Major League Baseball, so that’s kind of the position we’ve taken.
And of course because Nelson Cruz isn’t Alex Rodriguez no one is suggesting the Rangers should release him or try to void his contract or banish him to the moon or any of that fun stuff.
T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com speculated yesterday that even if Cruz were to be suspended the Rangers would likely stay in-house with a short-term replacement.
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.