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Yovani Gallardo

Gallardo would finally make Orioles better than last year, but what price glory?

If multiple reports are true and the Orioles are close to signing free agent pitcher Yovani Gallardo, the pending deal will answer one last big question about the team's determination to get back into playoff contention this year...and raise a few others.

Gallardo would complete the starting rotation that struggled last year and lost solid left-hander Wei-Yin Chen to free agency. He's a solid, experienced pitcher who would allow the Orioles to keep their minor league depth in the minor leagues until pitchers such as Mike Wright and Tyler Wilson are better prepared for prime time.

He would also allow the Orioles to finally they will arrive at spring training with a team that is...