Jarrod Dyson doesn’t think the ALCS is going back to Baltimore

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Jarrod Dyson has been a pretty electrifying performer this postseason. And now he’s adding in some smack talk to the overall vibe of things. On Saturday night he was asked if he thought he’d be going back to Baltimore for a possible Game 6 and/or Game 7 of the ALCS:

“No, sir, I don’t. And I don’t think they think that way, either.’’

Referring to the Orioles, who need to take two of three in Kansas City to force a Game Six back at Camden Yards.

For his part, O’s outfielder Adam Jones said that Dyson does not speak for them. Buck Showalter didn’t take issue with it publicly, saying that Dyson had a right to be cocky.

Which he does. The Royals have pretty much owned the postseason so far. Hard to fault a guy for having confidence.

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

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ST. LOUIS – Reliever Giovanny Gallegos and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed Monday to an $11 million, two-year 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 Monday 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.