Brewers Add Depth, Sign Yovani Gallardo

According to reports, free agent Yovani Gallardo will be making a reunion with the Milwaukee Brewers, as he signed a major league deal with them on Saturday. The terms of the deal have not been confirmed. Milwaukee adds depth to their rotation, and with the success of Milwaukee’s young talent, the Brewers are still able to sign another pitcher this offseason, perhaps Lance Lynn or Alex Cobb.

Yovani Gallardo signs with the Milwaukee Brewers

Gallardo, 31, played 28 games for the Seattle Mariners last season. He finished with a 5-10 record, sporting a 5.72 ERA. He lacked command of his pitches last season, posting a 4.7 BB/9. Gallardo also gave up his fair share of hits due to his command. He posted a 9.5 H/9, while also giving up nearly two home runs per game, posting a 1.7 HR/9. He only managed to clock 130.2 innings last season. Gallardo didn’t get much help pitching at Safeco, posting a 74 ERA+. He finished last season with a -0.1 WAR. The Mariners declined Gallardo’s $13 MM option after watching him struggle last season.

Gallardo has spent 10 seasons in the majors, seven with Milwaukee, one with the Texas Rangers, and one with the Baltimore Orioles, before signing with the Mariners last season. He spent 2007 to 2014 with the Brewers before going to Texas in 2015. Gallardo then went to Baltimore in 2016. He’s thrown a career total 1722.1 innings, with a 3.93 ERA and 1526 strikeouts.

Gallardo has made postseason appearances with the Brewers in 2008, and 2011, and then in 2015 with the Rangers. He has a 2-2 postseason record with a 2.32 ERA.

Gallardo’s 2010 and 2011 seasons with the Brewers were his best of his career. In 2010, he became an All-Star and earned a Silver Slugger. He recorded 185 innings, across which he posted a 3.84 ERA and collected 200 strikeouts.  Gallardo also swung it well at the plate in 2010, slashing .254/.329/.508, with four home runs and 10 RBI. In 2011, Gallardo racked up 207.1 innings, with a 3.52 ERA and 207 strikeouts, while finishing seventh in Cy Young voting.

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