Report: Blue Jays and Yovani Gallardo have been in touch this week

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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, 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.

Tyler Glasnow scheduled to rejoin Rays’ rotation

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow is scheduled to rejoin the rotation at Cleveland after missing nearly 14 months because of Tommy John surgery.

The Rays’ Opening Day starter last year hasn’t pitched this season after undergoing the procedure on Aug. 4, 2021.

“I think we’re pretty confident he’ll be starting for us,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said before the game with Toronto. “This is the first time he’s thrown pain-free in quite some time, so he’s encouraged by it.”

The 6-foot-8 right-hander went 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 14 starts last year and is a key addition as the Rays near a wild-card spot.

“Compared to the past, like, three years it feels way better as far as postday and the week leading into starts and stuff,” Glasnow said. “It’s good to have an UCL, you know.”

Cash said Glasnow will throw around 45 pitches in his initial outing, which should allow him to go two or three innings.

“Two innings of Glasnow is still a huge plus for our team,” Cash said. “Like to get three innings. If we do, great. If we don’t, that’s fine, too.”

Glasnow allowed one run, one hit, four walks and had 14 strikeouts over seven innings in four starts with Triple-A Durham.

“I’m really excited,” Glasnow said. “I’m approaching it like normal, staying on routine. Feels normal.”

Glasnow signed a two-year, $30.35 million contract that will delay the start of his free agency by one year last month. He’s making $5.1 million this year and will get $5.35 million next season and $25 million in 2024, which is the first year he would have been eligible for free agency.