On Sunday evening, we learned that the Rangers were “close to acquiring starter Yovani Gallardo from the Brewers. Joel Sherman of the New York Post is now reporting that the two clubs have a deal in principle for the right-hander. The trade is currently in medical review.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports speculated that infield prospect Luis Sardinas could be involved in the Gallardo deal, as the Rangers had offered him in several trades earlier in the off-season.
Gallardo, 29 in February, had his $13 million club option for 2015 exercised by the Brewers at the end of October. He can become a free agent after the season. Gallardo posted a 3.51 ERA and a 146/54 K/BB ratio in 192 1/3 innings last season, a nice bounce-back effort from a tough 2013 campaign. His strikeout rate, however, has fallen below 19 percent after ranging from 23 to nearly 26 percent between 2009-12.