Rangers mum on possible Gallardo deal

Yovani Gallardo

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Texas general manager Jon Daniels had no comments on the tweets by Foxsports.com’s Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi that the club was close to a deal for Milwaukee right-hander Yovani Gallardo.

The duo reported that the Rangers were on the verge of getting the former Fort Worth Trimble Tech standout in a package that does not include Jurickson Profar.

Gallardo, 28, is in the final year of a deal that will pay him $13 million and he’ll be eligible for free agency following the season.

If the Rangers are able to acquire Gallardo, it would give the Rangers a rotation that includes Gallardo, Yu Darvish and Derek Holland on the front end. The club also re-signed Colby Lewis, who will be in the rotation, and traded for left-hander Ross Detwiler. Texas could also use Nick Tepesch and Nick Martinez if needed.

Last month Daniels said the club was looking to add another starter to help if young starters Tepesch and Martinez struggled.

Gallardo isn’t that kind of pitcher. Gallardo has been a rotation workhorse for Milwaukee for the last six seasons. He’s made at least 30 starts, pitched at least 180 innings and won at least eight games in all six seasons.

He was just 8-11 in 2014 but his 3.51 ERA was his lowest in a full season. From 2009 to 2012 Gallardo had at least 200 strikeouts each season. He had 146 in 2014.

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