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Reds sign Yovani Gallardo

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The Reds signed free agent right-hander Yovani Gallardo to a one-year deal on Saturday, according to a team announcement. Terms of the contract have yet to be released, but Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports that the righty will received $750,000 in guaranteed money and stands to make up to $1 million with additional incentives. The Reds optioned fellow right-hander Zack Weiss to Triple-A Louisville and DFA’d catcher Stuart Turner in order to clear roster space for Gallardo.

It’s been something of a tumultuous offseason for the 32-year-old Gallardo, who inked a one-year, $2 million deal with the Brewers in December and was in the middle of transitioning to a relief role when manager Craig Counsell decided to leave him off the Opening Day roster — both in order to free up more room in the bullpen and because Gallardo had latched onto a 4.73 ERA through his first 13 1/3 innings in camp. He re-entered free agency following his release from the club last Monday, though he’s still expected to collect the $500,000 he was guaranteed in his initial deal with them. Spring training woes aside, the veteran right-hander is coming off of a rough year with the Mariners, one in which he labored through 22 starts and six relief appearances, collecting a 5-10 record, 5.72 ERA, 4.1 BB/9 and 6.5 SO/9 through 130 2/3 innings.

While it certainly seems like the Reds could use some bullpen depth this spring, especially with Michael Lorenzen (right shoulder strain) and David Hernandez (right shoulder inflammation) sidelined indefinitely, Reds manager Bryan Price declined to define Gallardo’s new role on the team. “Right now, all those guys pitch when we need them,” he told reporters Saturday. “We don’t want to define roles so much. […] He’ll pitch when I need him to pitch. I’ve got great feedback on what kind of guy he is from a competitive standpoint. I think we’ve got a good one here.”

Marcus Stroman: Blue Jays are “f– terrible”

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Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman strugged in Sunday afternoon’s start against the Red Sox, yielding four runs (three earned) over five innings. He fell to 2-7 with a 5.86 ERA. The Jays dropped three of four games to the Sox in the series and now sit with a 43-52 record heading into the All-Star break.

Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun reports that while Stroman was initially cool, calm, and collected when speaking to the media after the game, he eventually snapped. Stroman was asked by a reporter about breaking into professional baseball with short-season Single-A Vancouver in 2012. Stroman yelled at the reporter, noting that his team had just lost to the Red Sox, and called his team “f– terrible.” Keegan Matheson’s account of the situation lines up with Buffery’s as well.

Prior to the outburst, Stroman had just praised his teammates, saying, “My team picks me up a ton. They pick me up all year. I should be able to pitch better in times like that when my team doesn’t have my back. Because they’ve had my back a ton of times. So, love my guys on my team and like I said, I would go to war with them any day.”

Stroman will have off until Friday, so hopefully the time off helps him clear his mind. It has understandably been a frustrating season in Toronto.