By Andrew Chambers, Rangers Correspondent, Thu, Jan 22nd 5:21pm EST
Yovani Gallardo was traded to the Texas Rangers on Monday for right-handers Corey Knebel, Marcus Diplan, and shortstop Luis Sardinas. Gallardo, originally from the DFW area, went 8-11 last season with a 3.51 ERA, his lowest since 2008. Gallardo joins a Rangers staff that was decimated by injuries last season. Matt Harrison, Martin Perez, Holland, and Darvish all spent extended time on the disabled list in 2014. Gallardo will make $13 million this season, with the Brewers on the hook for $4 of it. (Source: ESPN
Fantasy Impact: Gallardo had a nice season in Milwaukee last year where he tossed 192.1 innings. His strikeout numbers have steadily decreased since 2009, but so have his walks. In fact, Gallardo had a 2.70 strikeout to walk ratio last season, his highest since 2011. The Rangers are landing a solid top-of-the-rotation starter, but are fantasy owners? Texas is well-known for being a hitter's park, but if Gallardo can keep the ball in the park, he should be due for another stellar season. Since 2009, Gallardo hasn't thrown fewer than 180 innings, and if the Rangers plan on getting back to the playoffs, they will be depending on him to toss that many again.