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Orioles seeking rotation upgrade; still in contact with Yovani Gallardo


Baltimore has shelled out nearly $208 million this winter to re-sign free agents Matt Wieters, Darren O'Day, and Chris Davis. But zero dollars have been committed to the starting rotation — a rotation that registered a combined 4.53 ERA in 2015 and lost Wei-Yin Chen to the Marlins last week.

So what’s the move here? Yovani Gallardo?

FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal has the latest

The O’s remain in contact with free-agent righty Yovani Gallardo, but signing him would cost them their top pick, No. 14 overall. And now they won’t be getting a pick back for Davis, to whom they made a qualifying offer.

The Orioles could have landed eight of the top 100 selections if free agents Davis, Chen and catcher Matt Wieters all had signed with other clubs, but that number will reduce to five if they sign Gallardo.

Losing out on all those draft picks is a big deal for an Orioles club that can’t spend money like some of the other deep-pocketed organizations in the American League East.

Gallardo: a desperation play for the O’s, or a must-add? He is easily the best free agent starter left on the board, having registered a 3.42 ERA in 33 starts last season for the Rangers.

Anthony Swarzak inks minors deal with Yankees

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Some long relief depth here for New York.

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Yankees have agreed to terms on a minor league contract with right-hander Anthony Swarzak. The deal will pay Swarzak a $750,000 salary if he makes the major league roster, though it’s almost certain he will open the 2016 season at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Swarzak spent the majority of the 2015 season with the Doosan Bears of the Korea Baseball Organization and struggled in that hitter-friendly league.

He owns a 4.45 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, and 280/131 K/BB ratio in 453 career MLB frames.

Marlins, Dee Gordon reach five-year, $50 million contract extension

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This has been in the works for much of the winter and now it’s official: Dee Gordon has been locked up long term by the Miami Marlins.

According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, it’s a five-year deal worth $50 million guaranteed with a $14 million vesting option for a sixth season.

Gordon had a sensational 2015 with Miami, slashing .333/.359/.418 across 653 plate appearances while playing excellent defense at second base. He led all major leaguers in hits with 205 and stolen bases with 58.

The 27-year-old was entering his first year of arbitration eligibility, so this deal buys out three arbitration years and two years of free agency. At a fairly reasonable price.