Orioles restructure deal with Yovani Gallardo to two years

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Update (7:22 PM EST): Per Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the value of the deal is $22 million for two years with a team option worth $11 million for a potential total of three years and $33 million. Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun clarifies that Gallardo will earn $9 million in 2016, $11 million in 2017, and a potential of $13 million of the Orioles pick up the 2018 option or a $2 million buyout.

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The Orioles’ reported three-year, $35 million deal with Yovani Gallardo was in limbo as they were concerned about the right-hander’s shoulder after he underwent a physical. MASN’s Roch Kubatko reports that the deal has been restructured and the two sides have agreed to two guaranteed years with an option for the third year. CSN Mid-Atlantic’s Rich Dubroff confirms the report.

There’s no word yet on whether or not the value of the contract changed. Presumably, the average annual value (about $12 million) will stay the same, but going from three to two guaranteed years is a lot less risky for the Orioles.

As noted on Tuesday, Gallardo’s numbers last year alone were reason enough to worry about his ability to be productive and healthy going forward. His average fastball velocity declined by more than two MPH to a career-low 90.4, marking a sixth consecutive season of velocity decline. His strikeout rate plummeted and his walk rate spiked as well, adding more reason for concern.

Pujols hits 701st career home run, connects for Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS — Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 701st home run, connecting Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pujols launched a slider from former teammate Johan Oviedo over the Big Mac Land sign in left field at Busch Stadium. The solo drive in the fourth inning made it 1-all.

Pujols faced Oviedo for the first time and made the 24-year-old righty the 456th different pitcher he’s homered against.

The St. Louis star hadn’t homered in a week since hitting No. 699 and 700 at Dodger Stadium last Friday. Pujols had gone 10 at-bats without a home run after two starts and one pinch-hit appearance.

The Busch Stadium crowd gave the 42-year-old Pujols a long standing ovation before he came out of the Cardinals dugout to tip his cap for a curtain call.

Pujols hit his 22nd home run this season for the NL Central champion Cardinals.

Pujols is fourth on the career home run list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).