A few days ago USA Today made mention of Orioles minor leaguer Mike Flacco considering giving up baseball to go play football like his brother Joe. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun throws some cold water on that:
That’s not the plan, according to the Orioles. Scout Dean Albany talked to Mike Flacco on Tuesday and says the first baseman has every intention of playing for the Orioles’ organization in 2013.
“Mike’s a great kid and he’s working real hard to prepare himself for spring training,” Albany said. “It’s a full go for him for baseball, that’s what he told me. He is real excited about spring training.”
Given that (a) his baseball chops appear not to be of Major League quality; and (b) he hasn’t played football since high school eight years ago, I think a more realistic story about him may be “Mike Flacco considering law school” or “Mike Flacco tapped to be the chairman of the Joe Flacco museum.”
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.