News: 2 days agoGallegos has yet to arrive at the Cardinals' summer camp while he continues to await clearance to travel to the United States from his native Mexico, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
Spin: Though Gallegos' health isn't in any question due to coronavirus-related concerns, the pandemic has presented complications with his ability to travel. The Cardinals are unsure when Gallegos will be able to board a flight to St. Louis, so his availability for the July 24 season opener versus the Pirates remains something of a question mark at the moment. Before spring training was suspended in mid-March, Gallegos looked like the frontrunner for the Cardinals' closing role, but the team will likely reopen the competition for the job while his status remains up in the air. Per Mark Saxon of The Athletic, general manager John Mozeliak mentioned Ryan Helsley as a potential replacement for Gallegos, while Carlos Martinez could also get a look in the ninth inning if he's unable to lock down the fifth spot in the rotation.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Gallegos' final four months of 2019 were superb: 17 holds, three saves, a 1.59 ERA, 0.76 WHIP and 30.0% strikeout rate in 46 appearances. While some good fortune on balls in play contributed (.207 BABIP), his 5.81 K-to-walk full season ratio coupled with a massive boost in the performance of his slider hammered home his arrival as an elite late-inning reliever. The Cardinals haven't firmed up the identity of their closer -- it could be Carlos Martinez, or Andrew Miller, or Gallegos or a committee -- so Gallegos has as much fantasy upside as anyone not locked into the role, since he's arguably the most deserving of it of the bunch. He'll also be one of the most effective choices in holds leagues even if he doesn't emerge in the ninth.