It was only natural to be concerned when it was reported that Diamondbacks right-hander Archie Bradley was going to see Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion on his shoulder, but the news is pretty good under the circumstances.
Bradley originally landed on the disabled list a month ago with right shoulder tendinitis. The 22-year-old made one minor league rehab start with Triple-A Reno on June 24, but didn’t feel quite right. He’ll presumably be shut down from throwing until the discomfort subsides.
Bradley made the Diamondbacks’ rotation with a strong showing during spring training, but his rookie season hasn’t gone smoothly. He has a 5.80 ERA with 23 strikeouts and 22 walks in 35 2/3 innings over eight starts. In addition to his shoulder issue, he had a stint on the disabled list after he was hit in the face by a comebacker in late April.
ST. LOUIS – Reliever Giovanny Gallegos and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed Monday to an $11 million, two-year 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 Monday 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.