Multiple media reports say the Milwaukee Brewers have completed their trade of RHP Yovani Gallardo to the Texas Rangers.
To get Gallardo, the Rangers reportedly are giving up INF Luis Sardinas, RHP Corey Knebel and RHP Marcos Diplan.
Gallardo has pitched in the major leagues since 2007 and was Milwaukee’s ace in recent years. He was a second-round draft pick in 2004, the year he had a short, forgettable stint with the Beloit Snappers. In the two games he started for the Snappers — then a Brewers affiliate — Gallardo struck out eight, walked four, threw three wild pitches, and gave up 10 earned runs in 7.1 IP.
Of the three players Milwaukee is getting from Texas, only one played in the Midwest League. Knebel posted an impressive 0.87 ERA with 15 saves and 41 strikeouts in 31 IP for the 2013 West Michigan Whitecaps.
Kelly signs with Marlins
Knebel isn’t the only former Whitecaps player on the move today. Don Kelly, a utility player for the Detroit Tigers the past six seasons, signed a minor-league deal with the Miami Marlins.
Kelly’s batting average is only .232 in 570 MLB games, but his versatility in the field is what has kept him in the majors. He mainly plays outfield and corner infield, but has made appearances at all nine positions, and served as Detroit’s designated hitter in 17 games.
He batted .286 with 1 HR and 59 RBI in 128 games with the Whitecaps in 2002.