On the morning after news broke that the Orioles have agreed to terms on a three-year, $35 million contract with veteran right-handed starter Yovani Gallardo, the reaction from his new rotation mates was universally positive.
"Awesome,'' said Chris Tillman. "I've seen nothing but good things from this guy and heard nothing but great things about this guy, so I don't see any problem with it. I'm all in. I like it."
Tillman said that Gallardo brings an added measure of stability and experience to a rotation that struggled to pitch enough innings last year.
"I don't see why it wouldn't help," he said. "Any time you have those guys around, it's a good thing. I think you saw that with (Jason) Hammel, then Ubaldo and, prior to that, Kevin Millwood. Any time you have a guy like that it helps the whole group...I see only positives coming from it."
Kevin Gausman agrees. He has yet to pitch a full season in the Orioles rotation, and said he thinks having another experienced starters around will help him do that this year.
"I think his last seven seasons, he's thrown at least 190 innings or something like that,'' Gausman said. To have a guy who's kind of been there and done that season after season is only going to make us better. I think it makes our rotation a lot better. It gives also us a bunch of different looks. He's a real over-the-top guy, good breaking ball, real good fastball. I think it will play well in Camden Yards."
Ubaldo Jimenez said he is very familiar with Gallardo and believes he'll be a very strong addition to the team, especially in interleague play because he is one of the best-hitting pitchers in the game.
"I played against him in Triple-A and in the majors, so I know him a little bit," Jimenez said. "He's a great guy, a great competitor. He's going to go out there and try to do everything to win his game. Especially if we play against the National League, they better be careful because he can make his own runs."