The Mariners have moved Yovani Gallardo to the bullpen and have called up prospect Andrew Moore to start on Thursday against the Tigers, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.
Gallardo, 31, has struggled over 14 starts for the Mariners, compiling an ugly 6.30 ERA with a 57/32 K/BB ratio in 75 2/3 innings. The Mariners acquired him from the Orioles in exchange for outfielder Seth Smith back in January.
Moore, 23, is considered the Mariners’ No. 4 prospect according to MLB Pipeline. The Mariners selected him in the second round of the 2015 draft. This season with Double-A Arkansas and Triple-A Tacoma, Moore has posted an aggregate 2.72 ERA with a 77/17 K/BB ratio in 82 2/3 innings.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Angels will acquire second baseman Ian Kinsler from the Tigers. It is not known yet what the Tigers will receive in return. Kinsler had to waive his no-trade clause in order for the deal to happen.
Kinsler, 35, hit .236/.313/.412 with 22 home runs, 52 RBI, 90 runs scored, and 14 stolen bases in 613 plate appearances for the Tigers this past season. He’s in the final year of his contract and will earn $10 million for the 2018 season.
The Angels were certainly looking to upgrade at second base and did so with Kinsler. They were also reportedly interested in Cesar Hernandez of the Phillies.