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Texas Rangers trade rumors: Yovani Gallardo to Toronto a possibility

The Blue Jays have traded for David Price, meaning Yovani Gallardo likely isn't going there

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Texas Rangers trade rumors:  Yovani Gallardo could be heading to Toronto, according to reports on the Tweetbox this morning.

T.R. Sullivan says that Toronto is interested and Gallardo could end up going there, although with the Rangers wanting to finish the season strong, and with Gallardo likely to fetch a compensatory draft choice after the season, Texas isn't really in a position where they have to move him unless they really like the deal.  Jeff Wilson, meanwhile, says that Gallardo is willing to waive his limited no-trade clause to go to Toronto.

Toronto needs, and is prioritizing, starting pitching right now as they push to get back in the A.L. East race while battling for a Wild Card spot.  The Jays have talent available to deal, and while they dealt Miguel Castro, Jeff Hoffman and Jesus Tinoco in the Tulowitzki deal, and aren't likely to part with Daniel Norris for a rental, there are still pieces in their farm system that could entice the Rangers to part with Gallardo.  A name to remember is Max Pentecost, a catcher who the Rangers picked in 2011, but couldn't sign, and who Toronto selected in the first round in the 2014 draft.  With Alfaro going to Philadelphia, the Rangers lack a catcher in the minors who profiles as a possible major league starter, and Pentecost is someone who could fill that hole.

UPDATE -- The Blue Jays have reportedly agreed to a deal that will send David Price to Toronto for a package headlined by Daniel Norris.  That deal, I suspect, means Toronto won't be in on Gallardo anymore.  Houston and the Dodgers seems like the most likely destinations now.