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Yovani Gallardo has been unimpressive in 2013, posting a 4.85 ERA, 9.7 H/9 and 7.4 K/9. All these totals would be career worsts, by far, which is why his value has taken a major hit. It's also one of the reasons why the Brewers would consider trading the 27-year-old.
General manager Doug Melvin knows the return won't be anywhere close to what he would've gotten had Gallardo been at his best, but he also knows he has leverage because of Gallardo's age, contract ($11.25 million in 2014, $13 million club option in 2015) and limited alternatives for teams looking to acquire a starter who is better than a back-of-the-rotation upgrade.
The right-hander can block trades to the Angels, Astros, Blue Jays, Indians, Orioles, Phillies, Pirates, Red Sox, Tigers and Yankees—he could also choose to waive his no-trade clause to go to any of those teams.
One team not on the list that has shown interest are the Diamondbacks, via Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. The Indians are also pursuing him, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, while the Rockies were also scouting Gallardo a couple weeks ago, so says Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post.
Prediction: Colorado Rockies
Drew Pomeranz and Roy Oswalt were recently inserted into the Colorado rotation, giving the Rockies a chance to quiet any trade talks if they pitched well.
The 35-year-old Oswalt allowed 15 earned runs and 29 hits in 17.2 innings, however, before going on the disabled list with a strained hamstring, while Pomeranz has allowed nine earned runs in 8.1 innings over his first two starts.
Expect them to continue their pursuit of a starting pitcher, which could lead them to Gallardo.