Yovani Gallardo will be a free agent next offseason, so naturally Rangers general manager Jon Daniels was asked if the team plans to pursue a contract extension with the 29-year-old right-hander after acquiring him from the Brewers for a trio of prospects Monday.
We’ve got to let it play out, at least for right now. We haven’t had any discussions with Yovani.
Gallardo grew up in Texas and indicated Monday that he’d be open to a long-term deal, but the Rangers may first want to see how he fares moving to the American League and whether his declining strikeout rate proves to be a red flag.
Plus, they can always make a qualifying offer to Gallardo next offseason and either retain him on a one-year deal for slightly more than his 2015 salary or receive draft pick compensation if he signs elsewhere.