It’s been a slow-rolling offseason for free agent right-hander Yovani Gallardo, who posted a solid 3.42 ERA (124 ERA+) across 33 starts last year for the Rangers.
Playing into the lack of interest is that his free agency is tied to draft pick compensation — Gallardo declined a one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer from Texas in early November. And he also registered some rather underwhelming peripherals last season, like a 1.42 WHIP and a 121/68 K/BB ratio in 184 1/3 innings.
But the 29-year-old has a nine-year track record of major league success and he is clearly the top starting pitcher remaining on the open market. The guy should be able to find a landing spot before January flips to February and players begin heading to spring training.
Gallardo, a second-round pick of the Brewers in 2004, owns a 3.66 ERA, 1.317 WHIP, and 8.2 K/9 in 1,473 2/3 career major league innings.