Milwaukee has exercised its $13 million option on Yovani Gallardo, bringing the right-hander back for 2015.
Gallardo posted an ERA above 4.00 last season for the first time in his career, but bounced back to throw 192 innings with a 3.51 ERA this year at age 28. However, his strikeout rate was a career-low 6.2 per nine innings and he’s shown signs of decline.
Still, for a one-year, $13 million commitment keeping a 29-year-old starter with a 3.69 career ERA is a no-brainer move for the Brewers.
Huston Street’s arrival in a midseason trade from the Padres played a huge role in turning the Angels’ bullpen around and now they’ve exercised his $7 million option for 2015.
Street saved a career-high 41 games this season between the two teams, throwing 59 innings with a 1.37 ERA and 57/14 K/BB ratio. He struggles at times with durability, but Street has a 1.97 ERA during the past three seasons and has converted 94 percent of his save chances during that time.
Next season will be his final year before reaching free agency at age 32.
Koji Uehara’s late-season fade didn’t scare off the Red Sox, who’ve re-signed the 40-year-old reliever to a two-year, $18 million contract.
Uehara had a stretch in which he allowed 10 runs in six appearances, but finished the season with three straight scoreless outings and his season totals (2.52 ERA, 80/8 K/BB ratio in 64 innings) were fantastic.
Overall in two seasons with the Red Sox he threw 139 innings with a 1.75 ERA and 181/17 K/BB ratio, which is absolutely incredible. And for his career Uehara has a 2.44 ERA in 350 total innings for three different teams.
Signing a 40-year-old reliever to a multi-year contract is always going to be very risky, but $9 million per season is not out of line for an elite reliever.
In addition to exercising their $9 million option on center fielder Denard Span for next season the Nationals also declined their $15 million option on first baseman Adam LaRoche and their $14 million option on reliever Rafael Soriano.
LaRoche had one of the best seasons of his career, hitting .259 with 26 homers and an .817 OPS in 140 games, but with Ryan Zimmerman likely needing a position change and the outfield set in stone the Nationals no longer had room for him in the lineup at first base. He receives a $2 million buyout.
Soriano had a great first half, saving 22 games with a 0.97 ERA, but he was stripped of closing duties while posting a 6.48 ERA in the second half and was almost left off the playoff roster. He figures to get a one-year deal somewhere and has the secondary numbers to suggest a bounce back.