The Rangers are listening to trade inquiries on starter Yovani Gallardo, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter). The possibility of Gallardo being available was note earlier today in a report from Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.
Despite the possibility of a move involving the free-agent-to-be Gallardo, Texas is still participating in talks on Cole Hamels. That indicates that the club could be interesting in multiple moves that keep it competitive this year and set things up for near-term contention.
Gallardo, 29, has provided the Rangers with 117 1/3 quality innings since coming over in a winter deal from the Brewers. He owns a 2.91 ERA with 6.1 K/9 against 3.3 BB/9 on the year. But per Heyman’s report, Gallardo has given no indication of interest in an extension, making him an expiring asset for a club that has faded of late.
Despite his solid work, Gallardo’s value may not quite match his results. His track record is more that of a mid-rotation innings eater than a top-of-the-rotation arm, and ERA estimators take a somewhat dim view of his work this year (particularly a 4.32 SIERA mark).
While Gallardo will hardly be a top trade target, we’ve seen pitchers of his ilk draw solid deadline returns in recent years. The Cubs, in particular, have cleaned up by selling off mid-rotation arms: the Matt Garza deal brought back young talent in C.J. Edwards, Mike Olt, and Neil Ramirez, while Scott Feldman returned Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop.