Gallardo, Orioles reach $35 million deal


A person familiar with the deal has confirmed that free-agent pitcher Yovani Gallardo and the Baltimore Orioles have agreed on a three-year contract worth $35 million.

Gallardo went 13-11 with a 3.42 ERA for Texas last season. The right-hander turns 30 later this month.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Saturday night because the deal hadn’t been announced.

Other media outlets reported the agreement earlier in the day.

Gallardo would fill the hole left in the Baltimore rotation when Chen Wei-yin became a free agent and signed with Miami.

The Orioles will forfeit their first-round pick in the June draft, the 14th choice overall. Texas had made a qualifying offer of $15.8 million to Gallardo that he turned down.

Gallardo has pitched at least 180 innings in each of the last seven seasons. An All-Star in 2010 with Milwaukee, he is 102-75 in his major league career.