Final tally in Cincinnati: There are 76 total All-Stars this year

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Now that all the last-minute injury replacements have been named we have the final All-Star count for this year: 76, which is actually down slightly from 81 last year.

That works out to an average of 2.53 per team or 10 percent of players on 25-man rosters.

And if you assume that each team has around 19 “regular” players–let’s say nine hitters, five starters, and five relievers as an example–then about 13 percent of all MLB regulars were named All-Stars this year. Or, put another way: If you stayed healthy and had a prominent role during the first half there was approximately a 1-in-8 chance of making the All-Star team.

I’ve never been much for viewing All-Stars and the All-Star game with any sort of major importance, so the more the merrier. But between expanded rosters and increased injury opt-outs the term “All-Star” probably doesn’t carry quite as much weight as it once did.

Gallegos agrees to $11M, 2-year contract with Cardinals

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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.