Report: Rangers close to acquiring Yovani Gallardo from Brewers

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Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Rangers are close to acquiring starter Yovani Gallardo from the Brewers. Rosenthal adds that, should the deal go through, the Brewers may not be done making moves — they could make a run at free agent starter James Shields. According to MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan, the Rangers aren’t planning to announce a trade today.

We learned recently that the Rangers weren’t linked to either Shields or fellow free agent Max Scherzer, but were one of the few teams linked to Phillies ace Cole Hamels. That they landed Gallardo, a formidable but comparatively cheaper option, is not surprising.

Gallardo, 28, is set to become a free agent after the season, so the Brewers are getting value for him while they still can. The right-hander finished the 2014 season with a 3.51 ERA and a 146/54 K/BB ratio in 192 1/3 innings. Gallardo has made at least 30 starts in each of the last six seasons.

Luis Urías to miss six to eight weeks with fractured hamate bone

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Robert Murray reports that Brewers infielder Luis Urías underwent surgery to repair a fractured left hamate bone, suffered during a game in the Mexican Pacific Winter League. The club expects him to miss six to eight weeks, which likely means he will not start the regular season on time.

The Brewers acquired Urías from the Padres along with pitcher Eric Lauer in late November in exchange for pitcher Zach Davies and outfielder Trent Grisham.

Last season with the Padres, Urías hit .223/.329/.326 across 249 plate appearances. While his offense isn’t anything to write home about, he does play above-average defense with the ability to play several positions.

Urías was slated to be the regular shortstop, so his late start likely means Orlando Arcia will get another chance to prove himself. Arcia has failed to live up to expectations across four seasons in the big leagues thus far.