The Orioles have a bit of a history of being tougher when it comes to physicals of prospective free agents. The famously came to an agreement with Grant Balfour in the 2013-14 offseason, only to back out, leaving Balfour angry and $3 million lighter in the wallet after signing with the Rays. The same thing happened with them and Tyler Colvin that offseason and it reportedly played a part in Bronson Arroyo deciding to sign with Arizona instead of Baltimore.
Gallardo and the Orioles agreed to a three-year deal worth $35 million over the weekend but, as always, such deals are pending a physical. Gallardo posted a 3.42 ERA with 121 strikeouts and 68 walks over 184 1/3 innings last year, but his strikeout rate reached a career low 15.3 percent while his walk rate was a mediocre 8.6 percent. Signs of arm issues? Just noise in the data?
Stay tuned to see what the O’s say about it all.