Orioles Card "O" the Day

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Saturday, February 20, 2016

Ubaldo Jimenez, 2014 Bowman Chrome Refractor #61

Today the Orioles boosted their starting rotation by signing Yovani Gallardo to a three-year, $35 million contract. The ex-Brewers and Rangers starter is a week shy of his 30th birthday and has a 103-75 career record with a 3.66 ERA. He's durable, having made at least 30 starts in each of the last seven seasons. There are questions about Gallardo, as his velocity and strikeouts have dropped in recent years, and by signing him, the Birds are forfeiting their first-round draft pick. But he'll be an upgrade on the fifth starter candidates in camp (Mike Wright, Tyler Wilson, Odrisamer Despaigne, etc.), he signed for less money than most folks expected, and...he's going to be better than Ubaldo Jimenez. Right?

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