Today's target: Yovani Gallardo
The 27-year-old right-hander is in the middle of his worst season as a professional. He's 7-8 with a 4.83 ERA in 20 starts. He has strikeout rate around 18 percent, which is the worst of his carer. The velocity on his fastball has dropped nearly two mph from 2011, according to Tristan Cockcroft of ESPN.com.
But he's only a half season removed from going 16-9 with a 3.66 ERA in 204 innings. He has an ERA just barely over 2.00 in four postseason appearances. Would a change of scenery help? Could he experience a return to form under pitching coach Mike Maddux? Perhaps. It's a risk. He's owed $11.25 million next season with a club option for 2015. So if he does turn it around, he's not a rental. If he doesn't, that's a decent chunk of change tied up in a struggling pitcher.
Does Gallardo constitute a huge upgrade? Not if he pitches like he has in July (1-1, 9.00 ERA). But what if you get the guy that sported a 2.32 ERA in six June starts, including three quality starts?
Any interest in Gallardo? Or is he not good enough for the Rangers to consider at this point?