Ex-Orioles Report: Yovani Gallardo and other castoffs who are struggling mightily in 2017 - BaltimoreBaseball.com
Paul Folkemer

Ex-Orioles Report: Yovani Gallardo and other castoffs who are struggling mightily in 2017

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It’s no secret that the Orioles’ 2017 rotation is in pretty poor shape. But things wouldn’t be much better if the club had held onto Yovani Gallardo, who started 23 games in 2016, fourth most among that Orioles’ rotation.

The veteran right-hander, whom the Orioles traded to Seattle for Seth Smith last offseason, officially lost his spot in the Mariners’ rotation this week, replaced by pitching prospect Andrew Moore. In 14 starts, Gallardo was 3-7 with an unsightly 6.30 ERA. He might’ve been removed from his role earlier if not for a rash of injuries to the Mariners’ other starters, including Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma and Drew Smyly.

The fact the Orioles were able to pawn off Gallardo and his full salary in exchange for Smith — who has been a table-setter atop the Baltimore lineup this season — has to be considered a coup for Dan Duquette and the front office.

Gallardo isn’t the only former Oriole who’s had a rough go of things in 2017. We’ve written about ex-Orioles who had hot starts this year, now here’s a look at some who are struggling to find their way with new teams or have found their way completely out of baseball.

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13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. Stacey

    June 26, 2017 at 8:53 am

    Another guy who was on your first list who would also be on this list is Matt Wieters. He has really fallen off over the last six weeks or so.

  2. Baroquen131

    June 26, 2017 at 9:19 am

    I always enjoy these looks at Orioles who have moved on; not that I wish misfortune on any of our ex-players. It seems to me that we live or die on the results of these types of moderate teammates. When Duquette “hits”, it’s great. When we miss (the outfielders of two (?) years ago; pitching depth every year (esp. this yr),;etc.) it’s painful. Right now, it’s pretty painful to watch.

  3. Mikepete73

    June 26, 2017 at 10:35 am

    you make it out like the orioles have made a bunch of right decisions on players how about we show the rotation we could have if duquette didn’t trade away pitching prospects for nothing of value. look at the stats for ex orioles Zach Davies, Parker Bridwell,Josh Hader,Jake Arrieta,Ariel Miranda,Eduardo Rodriguez. What a starting pitching staff we could have if we could add from those guys to it instead of Ynoa,Aquino,Asher (who is one guy who should be starting),Kipper,Verrett,Lee

    • Paul Folkemer

      June 26, 2017 at 11:00 am

      I don’t think I made it out like the Orioles have made a bunch of right decisions. I said the Gallardo trade was a good one, but otherwise I didn’t comment on whether the Orioles did the right thing by letting go of these players (and other ex-Orioles).

      This is just a look at some ex-Orioles who are struggling, just as last month I wrote about ex-Orioles who are having good seasons.

      • JHHUFF76

        June 26, 2017 at 5:02 pm

        WHAT ABOUT UBALDO? ARIEL MIRANDA FOR WADE MILEY MIRANDA 16 S 6-4 4.11 WHIP 1.18 .222 VS 15 HR

        MILEY 15 S 3-5 4.48 WHIP 1.64 .274 VS 10 HR THEY NEVER GAVE MIRANDA THE CHANCE THEY HAVE THESE OTHER BUSTS WILSON, WRIGHT, CASTRO ETC.

  4. Raymo

    June 26, 2017 at 10:53 am

    Hmm, with those stats, Rich Hill would qualify as the second best starter in our rotation.

    • Paul Folkemer

      June 26, 2017 at 11:08 am

      No argument there. Hill’s main problem has been staying healthy, and the recurring blister issue means he might land on the DL again before it’s all said and done.

  5. Osfan73

    June 26, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    I can’t believe Jeremy Guthrie and Rich Hill are still hanging around. A little off topic since they never pitched for us but Bronson Arroyo and Bartolo Colon come to mind in that regard. Makes me feel old lol…..and a reminder that an MLB pitcher is about as valueable of a commodity as the NFL quaterback.

  6. Osfan73

    June 26, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    And appearing here tomorrow…Ex Orioles part 2: pitching castoffs currently thriving around the Major Leagues.

    • Dan Connolly

      June 27, 2017 at 12:50 am

      Or that would have been part of this feature a few weeks ago. We did those who were thriving. Now those who aren’t.

  7. Churchton

    June 27, 2017 at 2:59 am

    Just think. They all had a shot to be with most of the great pitchers the o’s have this year like gausman, Jimenez, or Tillman

  8. garyintheloo

    June 27, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    Geez! How old is Lew Ford anyway? He did have some good moments in 2012 but as long as someone is willing to sign, God bless him and live the dream.

    • Paul Folkemer

      June 27, 2017 at 5:02 pm

      Lew is 40 years old. He must really love the Ducks– this is his eighth season playing for them (including the same season he was on the Orioles).

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