Key righty Giovanny Gallegos is on his way back to action, the team informed reporters including Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Twitter link). Gallegos has been missing from Summer Camp to this point for unstated reasons.
This is big news for the Redbirds, who came to rely upon Gallegos quite a bit in 2019. Largely unheralded before last season, Gallegos turned in 74 innings of 2.31 ERA ball on the year, carrying a sparkling combination of 93 strikeouts and 16 walks while permitting only 44 base hits.
That performance has already helped change perceptions of the 2018 swap that sent Luke Voit to the Yankees. If he can keep things going, Gallegos might convince the St. Louis faithful to change their tune entirely on a deal that has generated no shortage of consternation.
It remains to be seen how rapidly Gallegos will ramp up. Supposing he has been in good health and had ample training opportunity, he should be able to move throw his progression rather swiftly.
Even in the best-case scenario, it’d be optimistic to think Gallegos will be ready for Opening Day. And he’s presumably now out of the closer conversation to open the year. But the timing should make Gallegos available for most of the 2020 campaign.
Good news. I believe that the Cardinals need to sign a reliever since Hicks is not playing this season. Also, Brebbia will not be playing because he needs a Tommy John surgery.
Think with Brebbia and Hicks not playing the cards are going to look outside the org for pitching help?
They should trade for Mychal Givens and Richard Bleier. Two bounce back canidates
Or pick up jake Mcgee once he undoubtedly clears waivers
“Consternation”? The Card fans are happy to have Gallegos in their bullpen. Do you really think they’d rather have Voit instead of Goldschmidt? Goldschmidt isn’t fragile like Voit. Goldschmidt has played more games in 1 year than Voit has 2 years with the Yankees. Plus, Goldschmidt can play a defensive position. If the Cards had Voit, he would be on the bench.
MLBTR’s loves to play the “small sample size” card… except when it’s a Yankee.
Gallegos was expendable on the Yankees. Voit is fragile but as bad as Greg Bird so he’s been a welcome addition since joining the Yankees.
At a slight tangent Paul Goldschmidt is being paid $26 million per season. At the moment Luke Voit is the MLB equivalent of minimum wage. Which one offers better value for money?
With regard to the actual trade – I think it’s pretty even..
One of those rare trades where both teams did well. In hindsight, I can imagine some Cardinals execs kicking themselves, simply because of the money, though (in regards to Goldschmidt).
One could argue however, that they’d still have gone after Goldy, no matter how good Voit was.
Good chance Voit might have been in the Godly trade even
Value for money? Real major league teams don’t think like that. They have no problem paying $26 mil for a guy that they can count on for gold glove defense at first. A middle of the order bat that can hit .300 with 35 homers and 100 rbi’s 160 game a year.
League minimum goes to guys that are a ? Voit is a ? He’s a DH that they put at 1B. The Cards had Jose Martinez try 1B… they certainly wouldn’t try Voit there.
If the Cardinals hadn’t traded Voit, they wouldn’t have gone after Goldschmidt. This means they would still have Luke Weaver and Carson Kelly among others.
I would perceive this as a deal benefiting both sides, as it filled a big need for each squad. The Yankees were relying on the undependable Greg Bird at first and Voit helped spark a postseason run. The Cards were beset by injuries and underachievement throughout their bullpen. Gallegos has been nothing short of fantastic since joining. Not every trade needs to be a “steal” to work out
Voit would not have played 1B for the Cards. Jose Martinez was terrible at 1B and he was still better than Voit.
@Wagner12 – I agree 100% with that comment. It really is a no brainer.
Giovanny sent out persian
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Great news for the Cards, he’s a big piece for a short season when you can give away games.
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