Orioles, Gallardo close to finalizing deal

Negotiations ongoing for 3-year deal with free-agent righty

Orioles, Gallardo close to finalizing deal

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles continue in negotiations with free-agent starter Yovani Gallardo with the potential that a deal could be reached over the weekend.

An industry source told MLB.com the two sides met on Wednesday, and the O's have been going through some contract specifics, leaving Gallardo's camp -- which doesn't have any other reported suitors -- to wait for the next step and see if a deal can be reached.

The two sides have engaged in serious discussions in regards to a three-year contract for Gallardo, and there's nothing to suggest that a contract ultimately can't get done. Gallardo -- who has been on the Orioles' radar all offseason -- has dropped his desired contract length with Spring Training approaching, and the O's have ramped up their efforts.

Gallardo, 29, pitched to a 13-11 record with a 3.42 ERA last season with the Rangers, who extended a qualifying offer to him this offseason. Because Gallardo rejected it, the Orioles would have to surrender their top Draft pick (No. 14 overall) to acquire the right-hander, a sticking point for an O's team that has targeted this year's Draft as a critical one to help replenish its Minor League system.

Getting Gallardo would send a message -- in an offseason where the Orioles have spent heavily already on keeping Chris Davis, Matt Wieters and Darren O'Day -- that the window to win is now, and ownership is willing to shell out the cash to do so.

It would also significantly bolster a rotation, already coming off a collective down year, that lost its best starter in Wei-Yin Chen to free agency. Baltimore will receive an extra 2016 Draft pick -- No. 29 overall, which would become No. 28 if the O's forfeit the No. 14 pick -- after Chen signed with the Marlins. The Rangers would receive a compensation pick at the end of the first round for Gallardo. As the order currently stands, the pick would be No. 30, between the Nationals' and Mets' comp picks.

2016 Draft order

Over his Major League career, Gallardo owns a 102-75 record with a 3.66 ERA. An All-Star for the Brewers in 2010, he was originally taken by Milwaukee in the second round of the 2004 Draft. Gallardo was traded to the Rangers before the start of last season.

O's closing in on Gallardo

He won 17 games and 16 games in back-to-back seasons for Milwaukee from 2011-12, and he's only posted one losing record (8-11 with a 3.51 ERA in 2014) in his big league career.

Gallardo would be joining a rotation that is projected to include Chris Tillman, Kevin Gausman, Ubaldo Jimenez and Miguel Gonzalez.

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.