The Orioles may have issues with Yovani Gallardo’s physical


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.

The O’s tough-grading doctors could be at it again, reports Jeff Passan of Yahoo, who says that “questions have come up with Yovani Gallardo‘s physical with Baltimore. Status of deal is unclear.”

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.