Aaron Gleeman

Yovani Gallardo will reject $15.8 million qualifying offer from Rangers

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Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that right-hander Yovani Gallardo will turn down the Rangers’ one-year, $15.8 million qualifying offer and become a free agent.

Players rejecting the qualifying offer is never a surprise, but Gallardo’s market will suffer with draft pick compensation attached to signing him and it wouldn’t be shocking to see him struggle to secure a multi-year deal for big money.

In addition to some teams balking at handing over a first-round draft pick to sign him, Gallardo’s secondary numbers were very underwhelming this year with just 121 strikeouts compared to 68 walks in 184 innings. He has a long track record of success at age 30, but is showing some signs of decline.

Re-signing with the Rangers eventually may sound like a pretty good option for Gallardo.