Friday, December 15, 2017
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Baltimore signs veteran Gallardo to boost rotation

The Orioles filled a big hole in their rotation, reaching agreement with free agent right-hander Yovani Gallardo on a three-year, $35 million contract Saturday.

The deal came on the second day of workouts for Baltimore pitchers and catchers at spring training in Sarasota.

Gallardo takes the spot that opened when left-hander Wei-Yin Chen became a free agent and signed with the Marlins.

Gallardo, who turns 30 on Feb. 27, went 13-11 with a 3.42 ERA for the Rangers last season.

The Orioles will forfeit their first-round pick in the June draft, the 14th choice overall. Texas had made a qualifying offer of $15.8 million to Gallardo that he turned down.

Gallardo has pitched at least 180 innings in each of the past seven seasons. An All-Star in 2010 with Milwaukee, he is 102-75 with a 3.66 ERA in his nine-year career.

The Orioles reportedly are working on a deal with outfielder Dexter Fowler, who played for the Cubs last year.

BONDS IN CAMP: Giancarlo Stanton grew up a Dodgers fan and remembers attending their games when Barry Bonds would step to the plate for the Giants.

"It's one of those sounds you never forget — how loud those boos were," Stanton said.

Bonds has turned down the volume by keeping a low profile since 2007, his final year as a player. Now the polarizing home run king is back in the majors as hitting coach for Stanton and the Marlins.

Bonds, 51, wore his familiar No. 25 and a smile as he faced a cluster of notebooks and cameras during media day at Marlins Park. The session included no boos or questions about steroids and only one brief reference to the Hall of Fame, where Bonds is 0-for-4 in the annual balloting.

He received 44 percent of the vote in January, a career high but far short of the 75 percent needed. Nonetheless, he considers himself a Hall of Famer.

"There's not one player that ever could say I'm not one," he said. "There's not a coach who ever coached me who says I'm not one. In my heart and soul, and God knows, I'm a Hall of Famer."

CHAPMAN PUNISHMENT: New Yankees reliever Aroldis Chapman could be banned from participating in spring training by commissioner Rob Manfred, the New York Daily News reported. New York signed the left-hander in December knowing he could face suspension for domestic violence allegations.

INDIANS: Right-handed reliever Tommy Hunter, who signed a deal last week, could be out through mid May as he recovers from core muscle surgery, manager Terry Francona said.

PADRES: Right-hander Casey Janssen agreed to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training. Janssen will compete for a spot in the back end of the bullpen.

RANGERS: Right-handed reliever Tanner Scheppers has torn cartilage in his left knee and will miss at least the first half of the regular season.

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