The Yankees will be without Michael Pineda for about a month after the right-hander was placed on the disabled list with a strained forearm. Now that we're so close to the trade deadline, it would make sense that Brian Cashman is checking out all available options in case something turns out to be a good replacement. In his attempt to find a new pitcher, the Yankees GM is said to have taken an interest in Rangers right-hander Yovani Gallardo.
Jon Heyman is reporting that several teams, including the Cubs, Blue Jays, Dodgers, and Giants are also interested in the 29-year-old. Gallardo has been solid for the Rangers this season with a 3.19 ERA and 3.70 FIP in 121.1 innings, before tonight's game, and could end up being a better rotation candidate than Bryan Mitchell or even an upgrade over CC Sabathia and Ivan Nova. The only troubling part is that he's had a 4.69 FIP in the month of July thanks to a whopping 14.6% walk-rate over the month.
Gallardo will be a free agent at the end of the season and any team who might acquire him would likely have to pay the pro-rated portion of his $14 million salary ($4 million of which is being paid by the Brewers). If the Yankees can get him for practically nothing, they should take a chance on a solid innings eater, especially when some of their rotation members have had trouble giving them long outings. The Rangers just traded for Cole Hamels, so if they're going for it, Texas is going to need something other than salary relief. If the price rises too high, the Yankees are better off looking elsewhere.