The Baltimore Orioles filled a big hole in their rotation, reaching agreement with free agent Yovani Gallardo on a three-year, $35-million contract Saturday, according to multiple media reports.
Gallardo went 13-11 with a 3.42 earned-run average for Texas last season. The right-hander turns 30 later this month. Gallardo takes the spot that opened when Wei-Yin Chen became a free agent.
The deal came on the second day of workouts for Baltimore pitchers and catchers at spring training in Sarasota, Fla.
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.
Texas Rangers right-hander Tanner Scheppers has torn cartilage in his left knee and will miss at least the first half of the season, General Manager Jon Daniels said. Scheppers was 4-1 with a 5.63 earned-run average in 42 relief appearances last year