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Orioles sign pitcher Yovani Gallardo to three-year deal

Yovani Gallardo

Yovani Gallardo went 13-11 with a 3.42 earned-run average for Texas last season.

(Lenny Ignelzi / Associated Press)

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.

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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


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