Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the Brewers plan to exercise their $13 million team option on right-hander Yovani Gallardo, bringing him back for 2015.
No surprise, as Gallardo has bounced back from an up-and-down 2013 season to post a career-best 3.51 ERA with a 146/54 K/BB ratio in 192 innings.
As a 28-year-old who’s topped 175 innings with a sub-4.00 ERA in five of the past six seasons Gallardo would command a huge long-term contract on the open market, so retaining him on a one-year, $13 million deal is a no-brainer for Milwaukee.
He’ll be a free agent after next season.
On Thursday, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported that the Braves and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarría reunited on a one-year, $1 million contract.
Hechavarría, 30, began the season with the Mets but was released in mid-August and joined the Braves shortly thereafter. He enjoyed more success in Atlanta, albeit in a smaller sample size. In aggregate, Hechavarría hit .241/.299/.443 with nine home runs and 33 RBI over 221 trips to the plate. More importantly, he provided versatility with above-average defense.
The Braves are banking on Hechavarría doing more of the same in 2020 as a backup infielder. He will spell Ozzie Albies, Dansby Swanson, Johan Camargo, and Austin Riley as needed.