Texas Rangers Acquire Yovani Gallardo for Trio of Prospects

According to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports, the Texas Rangers have acquired RHP Yovani Gallardo from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for IF Luis Sardinas, RP Corey Knebel, and RHP Marcos Diplan.

Gallardo posted an 8-11 record last season, the first losing record of his eight-season career. However, he posted a career-best 3.51 ERA (in seasons he made more than four starts) in 32 starts over 192 1/3 innings. He was an All-Star and, surprisingly, a Silver Slugger in 2010, when he batted .254 with four home runs. Gallardo becomes a free agent in November, and will be the #3 starter for Texas in 2015.

Sardinas played 43 Major-League games last season, seeing time at second base, shortstop, and third base. He debuted April 20 of last season, batting a decent .261/.303/.313 for his rookie season. At just 21 years old, Sardinas can become an every day player for Milwaukee over the coming years, but will likely spend at least the beginning of 2013 backing up Scooter Gennett at third and Jean Segura at short.

Knebel made eight Major-League appearances last season for Detroit, posting a 6.23 ERA in 8 2/3 innings with 11 strikeouts. He was acquired by Texas on July 23 in the Joakim Soria trade, but made no Major-League appearances after that. He was a first round draft pick in the 2013 MLB Draft, and will likely join the Milwaukee bullpen midway through 2015. At just 23 years old, Knebel has potential to be a strong bullpen member.

Diplan is just 18 years old, but put up great numbers in the Dominican Summer League last season. He went 7-2 with a 1.54 ERA in 13 starts over 64 1/3 innings. Diplan will likely debut at the end of 2016 or mid-2017, depending on the rate at which he progresses. If he continues to put up numbers like he did in 2014, he can become a valuable asset to Milwaukee in a couple of years.

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