Orioles have Wei-Yin Chen and Miguel Gonzalez lined up to start Games 3 and 4 of ALCS

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According to Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said this afternoon that Wei-Yin Chen and Miguel Gonzalez are lined up to start Games 3 and 4 of the ALCS against the Royals. That’s assuming they aren’t needed in relief today. Both are available out of the bullpen after last night’s extra-inning loss.

Chen was hit hard in Game 2 of the ALDS against the Tigers, giving up five runs on seven hits (including two home runs) over just 3 2/3 innings. Showalter ultimately chose Bud Norris over him to start Game 2 of the ALCS today. The 29-year-old southpaw had a 3.54 ERA and 136/35 K/BB ratio over 185 2/3 innings during the regular season.

Gonzalez is the fresh arm for the Orioles. He wasn’t needed in the ALDS, so he hasn’t pitched in a game since way back on September 28. That’s nearly two weeks ago. The 30-year-old right-hander posted a 3.23 ERA and 111/51 K/BB ratio over 159 innings this season.

Game 3 of the ALCS will take place Monday in Kansas City, with Game 4 on Tuesday.

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.