Finally. After what seemingly felt like an eternity of “the Baltimore Orioles are likely to sign Yovani Gallardo” talks, they did. MLB Trade Rumors reported that the deal was a three-year, $35-million deferred doozy with a $13-million option in 2019.
It’s not a bad deal, it’s just not exciting. The Orioles needed to go out and get a starting pitcher because they lost Wei-Yin Chen to the Marlins, and Gallardo seemed to be their man from the get go. Gallardo, who is entering his age-29 season, certainly has the experience to lead a rotation.
The question that has to be asked is did the Orioles get better?