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Orioles acquire Miguel Castro from Rockies

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The Orioles acquired right-handed reliever Miguel Castro from the Rockies on Friday, per a team announcement. Minor league right-hander Joe Gunkel was designated for assignment in order to clear space on Baltimore’s 40-man roster. The Rockies designated Castro for assignment on Sunday and will receive either cash considerations or a player to be named later.

Castro, 22, struggled in his sophomore season with the Rockies in 2016, spreading a 6.14 ERA, 3.1 BB/9 and 7.4 SO/9 over 14 2/3 inning. He looked even worse in Triple-A Albuquerque, handing in a 10.34 ERA after allowing 18 runs and five home runs in 15 2/3 innings. His high velocity and strikeout rate gave him a jump start on his major league career in 2015, but poor command continues to sabotage his performance on every level and could delay his promotion with the Orioles if he sees little improvement in their farm system this season.

According to MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli, Castro is scheduled begin the 2017 season at Double-A Bowie.

Report: Brewers sign Yovani Gallardo to a major league deal

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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.