Rockies GM says interest in Yovani Gallardo has been “fairly overblown”

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We heard on Friday that that free agent Yovani Gallardo is expected to choose between the Orioles, Astros, or Rockies, but it appears that at least one of those teams isn’t as interested as has been reported.

While speaking at the Rockies’ Fan Fest event today, general manager Jeff Bridich told Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post that the team’s interest has been “fairly overblown” by Gallardo’s agent, former major league pitcher Bobby Witt. It’s rare you hear this sort of thing, so it’s hard to believe they’ll work together to find a deal at this point.

You can’t blame Gallardo’s agent for trying to drum up his market. While the veteran right-hander is coming off a career-low 3.42 ERA in 33 starts for the Rangers last season, his strikeout rate is on the decline and he’s attached to draft pick compensation. It’s a tough sell.