It’s not as big a deal as the Astros trading for Justin Verlander, but the Texas Rangers have boosted their rotation a bit by acquiring right-handed starter Miguel Gonzalez from the Chicago White Sox for a minor league infielder.
Gonzalez is 7-10 with a 4.31 ERA in 22 starts this season but he’s pitched pretty well of late, going 2-0 with a 1.85 ERA in last five starts. His last start game just yesterday, when he got a no-decision, allowing three runs over six innings in the White Sox’s 5-4 loss to Minnesota.
The Rangers, who are four games back for the second Wild Card spot with 29 games left to play, sent minor league infielder Ti’Quan Forbes to Chicago. They made room on their 40-man roster when right-hander Anthony Bass was designated for assignment.
ST. LOUIS – Reliever Giovanny Gallegos and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed Monday to an $11 million, two-year contract, a deal that includes a club option for 2025 and escalators that could make it worth $20.5 million over three seasons.
The 31-year-old right-hander is 3-5 with a 2.91 ERA and 14 saves in 20 chances this season. He has 72 strikeouts and 15 walks in 58 2/3 innings.
“I feel so happy,” Gallegos said Monday before the Cardinals played the Pirates in Pittsburgh. “I don’t have the word for exactly how I’m feeling.”
He was obtained from the Yankees in July 2018 along with left-hander Chasen Shreve in the trade that sent first baseman Luke Voit to New York. Gallegos is 14-15 with a 3.02 ERA and 34 saves in six major league seasons.
Gallegos gets a $500,000 signing bonus and salaries of $4.5 million next year and $5.5 million in 2024. St. Louis has a $6.5 million team option for 2025 with a $500,000 buyout.
His 2025 option price can increase by up to $3.5 million for games finished in 2024: $500,000 each for 20-25 and 26-30 and 31-35, and $1 million apiece for 36-40 and 41 or more.
He would get $250,000 for winning the Rivera/Hoffman reliever of the year award, $50,000 for All-Star selection and World Series MVP and $25,000 for League Championship Series MVP.
Gallegos has a $2.41 million salary this year.
He was eligible for salary arbitration and is potentially eligible for free agency after the 2024 season.