After re-signing Marco Estrada and adding J.A. Happ and Jesse Chavez, the Blue Jays were expected to be done working on their rotation for the 2016 season. That’s apparently not the case.
According to Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca, the Blue Jays have shown interest in free agent right-hander Yovani Gallardo all winter and the two sides have been in touch as recently as this week.
Arguably the top starting pitcher remaining on the free agent market, Gallardo posted a career-low 3.42 over 34 starts last season with the Rangers. There were some warning signs attached, as he averaged 3.3 BB/9 while posting a career-low 5.9 K/9.
Teams like the Royals, Orioles, and Astros have been mentioned as possible landing spots for Gallardo in recent weeks, but being attached to draft pick compensation surely hasn’t help his market. With that in mind, Nicholson-Smith notes that the cost and the draft pick are two possible hurdles for the Blue Jays.
Robert Murray reports that Brewers infielder Luis Urías underwent surgery to repair a fractured left hamate bone, suffered during a game in the Mexican Pacific Winter League. The club expects him to miss six to eight weeks, which likely means he will not start the regular season on time.
The Brewers acquired Urías from the Padres along with pitcher Eric Lauer in late November in exchange for pitcher Zach Davies and outfielder Trent Grisham.
Last season with the Padres, Urías hit .223/.329/.326 across 249 plate appearances. While his offense isn’t anything to write home about, he does play above-average defense with the ability to play several positions.
Urías was slated to be the regular shortstop, so his late start likely means Orlando Arcia will get another chance to prove himself. Arcia has failed to live up to expectations across four seasons in the big leagues thus far.