Garrett Wittels extends hitting streak to 55 games

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When last we checked in on Garrett Wittels the Florida International shortstop was riding a 50-game hitting streak, leaving him eight short of Robin Ventura’s all-time record streak of 58 games for Oklahoma State in 1987.
Since then Wittels has hit safely in five more games, including swinging away on a 3-0 pitch in a blowout this afternoon and lining a double into right-center field. According to the Associated Press it was the first time during the streak that the Sun Belt conference player of the year has gotten a hit on a 3-0 count.
Because of FIU’s loss in the opening round of the NCAA tournament they’ll need to win their next matchup to even give Wittels a chance to extend his hitting streak past 56 games (which would, incidentally, tie Joe DiMaggio’s big-league mark). If they can’t, the streak would extend into next season.

Gallegos agrees to 2-year, $11M contract with Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS – Reliever Giovanny Gallegos and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a two-year, $11 million contract, a deal that includes a club option for 2025 and escalators that could make it worth $20.5 million over three seasons.

The 31-year-old right-hander is 3-5 with a 2.91 ERA and 14 saves in 20 chances this season. He has 72 strikeouts and 15 walks in 58 2/3 innings.

“I feel so happy,” Gallegos said before the Cardinals played the Pirates in Pittsburgh. “I don’t have the word for exactly how I’m feeling.”

He was obtained from the Yankees in July 2018 along with left-hander Chasen Shreve in the trade that sent first baseman Luke Voit to New York. Gallegos is 14-15 with a 3.02 ERA and 34 saves in six major league seasons.

Gallegos gets a $500,000 signing bonus and salaries of $4.5 million next year and $5.5 million in 2024. St. Louis has a $6.5 million team option for 2025 with a $500,000 buyout.

His 2025 option price can increase by up to $3.5 million for games finished in 2024: $500,000 each for 20-25 and 26-30 and 31-35, and $1 million apiece for 36-40 and 41 or more.

He would get $250,000 for winning the Rivera/Hoffman reliever of the year award, $50,000 for All-Star selection and World Series MVP and $25,000 for League Championship Series MVP.

Gallegos has a $2.41 million salary this year.

He was eligible for salary arbitration and is potentially eligible for free agency after the 2024 season.