Orioles like Denard Span, but won’t commit beyond one year

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MASN’s Roch Kubatko reported earlier this week that the Orioles maintain interest in free agent outfielder Denard Span, but due to concerns about his durability, the club isn’t willing to commit beyond one year.

The Nationals did not make a $15.8 million qualifying offer to Span, which means that he does not come attached with draft pick compensation. That makes him a bit more attractive in a free agent market that remains flush with outfielders. Alex Gordon, Justin Upton, Yoenis Cespedes, and Dexter Fowler remain unsigned, so Span’s market may take shape once those names are off the board.

Span, 31, suffered a torn labrum in his hip and underwent surgery in August, ending his season prematurely. He finished with solid numbers in his limited playing time, batting .301/.365/.431 with five home runs, 22 RBI, 38 runs scored, and 11 stolen bases in as many opportunities across 275 plate appearances.

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

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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.