Trevor Bauer was unhittable against the Astros today, striking out 11 batters in six shutout, no-hit innings, but he also walked five batters and racked up 111 pitches in recording 18 outs before being pulled by Indians manager Terry Francona.
Bauer created some breakout buzz during spring training by walking a grand total of just one batter in 28 innings, but his career-long control issues resurfaced once the games started counting again.
He remains one of the highest-upside young starters in the league, but consistently throwing strikes with his excellent raw stuff is the key to Bauer taking a big step forward … and possibly taking a no-hitter past six innings.
UPDATE: Thanks to Bauer and three relievers Cleveland took a no-hitter into the ninth inning, but lost it on a Jed Lorwie home run with one out.
ST. LOUIS – Reliever Giovanny Gallegos and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a two-year, $11 million 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 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.