Chris Nelson will finally stick around somewhere for a while, although unfortunately for him it’ll be Triple-A. Nelson went from the Rockies to the Yankees to the Angels in the span of three weeks last month, first being traded and then being claimed off waivers.
Both times he was a short-term stop gap for a team in need of some infield help, but this time the Angels designated Nelson for assignment and the 27-year-old former top-10 pick cleared waivers. That means the other 29 teams passed on him and Nelson will remain in the Angels’ organization at Triple-A, which is quite a fall considering he was the Rockies’ starting third baseman for much of last season and hit .301 with an .810 OPS (thanks mostly to Coors Field, but still).
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.