Yovani Gallardo trade: The Texas Rangers have acquired pitcher Yovani Gallardo today, together with $4 million in cash, in exchange for shortstop Luis Sardinas, reliever Corey Knebel, and pitcher Marcos Diplan.
The Rangers got a 29 year old righthanded starter who profiles as a solid #3 starter, and who is making $13 million for 2015 (with the subsidy from Milwaukee, the Rangers will be paying him $9 million). Gallardo is a free agent after 2015, and if he has a solid season and the Rangers don't extend him, he's a prime candidate to receive a qualifying offer, meaning the Rangers could end up getting a supplemental draft choice in 2016 if he leaves.
Texas gave up a three nice prospects, though none of them are among the top tier of prospects in the organization. Sardinas is a 21 year old switch-hitting shortstop who has a solid glove but questions about his health and bat. Knebel is a reliever who profiles as a potential setup man or closer. Diplan is just 18 and hasn't pitched stateside yet...he could be a nice starting pitcher in the majors for a dozen years, or he could flame out in the lower minors.
So here's a poll to see what you think...what grade do you give the Rangers for this trade?
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