Brewers exercise $13 million option on Yovani Gallardo

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Milwaukee has exercised its $13 million option on Yovani Gallardo, bringing the right-hander back for 2015.

Gallardo posted an ERA above 4.00 last season for the first time in his career, but bounced back to throw 192 innings with a 3.51 ERA this year at age 28. However, his strikeout rate was a career-low 6.2 per nine innings and he’s shown signs of decline.

Still, for a one-year, $13 million commitment keeping a 29-year-old starter with a 3.69 career ERA is a no-brainer move for the Brewers.

Dustin Pedroia suffers a “significant setback” in his recovery

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Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia has suffered “a significant setback” with his left knee, making his availability for spring training questionable. Abraham says that Pedroia is “discussing his options with his family, agents, and the Sox.”

Pedroia underwent “knee joint preservation” surgery last year, which is often used as an alternative to full knee replacement. As it was, he played in only three games in 2018 and appeared in just six games in 2019, accruing just three hits in 34 plate appearances.

In light of the severity of his injury, the severity of his surgery and all of the time he’s missed over the past few years, it was already something of a long shot for Pedroia play again as it was. Indeed, he himself was not even sure if he’d play again when asked at one point last season. But this sounds positively dire.