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.