The Texas Rangers have acquired RHP Yovani Gallardo from the Millwalkee Brewers in exchange for Righty's Corey Knebel and Marcos Diplan. The Brew Crew Also received Shortstop Luis Sardinas.
Gallardo who is a 28 year old righty, hails from Fort Worth,Texas. He went 8-11 this past season while posting a 3.51 ERA. Gallardo is known for his durability as he has made atleast 30 starts in each of the past 6 seasons to go along with pitching more then 180 innings in six of his eight major league seasons.
Texas has been seeking to bolster their rotation with a solid number 3 behind ace Yu Darvish and Derek Holland. They found their gem in Gallardo.
Gallardo had his $13 million club option for 2015 exercised by the Brewers at the end of October. He can become a free agent after the season. Gallardo posted a 3.51 ERA and a 146/54 K/BB ratio in 192 1/3 innings last season, a nice bounce-back effort from a tough 2013 campaign. His strikeout rate, however, has fallen below 19 percent after ranging from 23 to nearly 26 percent between 2009-12.
Below are some scouting reports via Tom Haudricourt of the Journal Sentinel out of Millwalkee:
"RHP Corey Knebel, 23
Detroit selected Knebel in the supplemental first round of the 2013 draft out of the University of Texas, where he was the team's closer. The Tigers figured they could fast-track him to the majors and they got him there in 2014, though he was ineffective (6.23 ERA) in eight outings. He was included in the July trade that brought Joakim Soria to Detroit and then dealt again to the Brewers. Knebel has the aggressiveness and stuff to be a high-leverage pitcher in the late innings. His fastball is in the broad range of 91-98 mph and he mixes in a nasty curveball that buckles hitters knees. There was a huge red flag on Knebel when he was shut down in August with a slight UCL tear in his elbow, putting him one step away from Tommy John surgery. He did not require surgery, instead doing rehab, but with a funky delivery you wonder if he'll have more elbow problems down the road. At the AA and AAA levels this year, he posted 63 strikeouts in 45 1/3 innings and held opponents to a .153 batting average. If he stays healthy, Knebel could pitch for the Brewers this year.
SS Luis Sardinas, 21
Sardinas was roadblocked in Texas, with shortstop Elvis Andrus signed for the next eight years, second baseman Rougned Odor just starting his career at second base and injury-prone Jurickson Profar also ahead of him. He did see action in the majors in 2014 and his glove is definitely big-league read at shortstop. Whether the switch-hitter will hit enough to be more than a utility player is the question. Baseball America had him ranked as the No. 7 prospect in the Texas system. Sardinas has good hand-eye coordination at the plate but no power. He will need to walk more to get his OBP in an acceptable range. In the field, he has good range and quickness, a plus arm and the instincts you need at shortstop. Sardinas needs to get stronger physically if he wants to be an everyday player at some point. He has a chance to make the Brewers' roster out of spring training as a utility infielder and gives the Brewers a solid option at short should Jean Segura get injured or continue to regress as he did in 2014.
RHP Marcos Diplan, 18
Diplan is the biggest wild card in the trade, a high-reward, high-risk youngster who years from now could be the steal of the deal. Several teams considered him the top international prospect out of the Dominican Republic in the summer of 2013 and the Brewers had definite interest in him before he signed with Texas for $1.3 million. He had a strong pro debut as a 17-year-old in the Dominican Summer League, posting a 1.54 ERA with nearly a strikeout per inning in 13 starts but he also averaged five walks per nine innings. Though small in stature at 6-foot-0 and 160 pounds, Diplan has good arm action and is throwing his fastball regularly at 89-93 mph while touching 95 at times. As he fills out and gets stronger, his velocity should improve. He has an above-average curveball and mixes in a changeup but his secondary pitches are inconsistent, as is the case with most pitchers his age. His control often deserts him because of high-effort mechanics but should improve with more experience. Diplan could emerge as a mid-rotation starter but that's far down the road and leaves time for him to fail as well. The Brewers probably will place him in the Arizona Rookie League this year."
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