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Rangers acquire homer threat Yovani Gallardo

Rangers acquire homer threat Yovani Gallardo

With the Rangers looking to return to the playoffs after an injury-ravaged 2014, the team acquired pitcher Yovani Gallardo and cold, hard cash on Monday in exchange for infielder Luis Sardinas and right-handed pitchers Corey Knebel and Marcos Diplan.

With Colby Lewis being the only Rangers pitcher to toss over 170 innings (and even then, just barely with 170 1/3 IP) and with Yu Darvish being the lone starter to post an above-league average ERA+, Texas will gratefully accept Gallardo's career 3.69 ERA and annual average of 192 innings since 2009. Even better, he should be able to fill in at DH should Mitch Moreland need a day off.

After all, Gallardo bashes dingers. Gallardo leads all active hurlers with 12 long balls (Travis Wood and Micah Owings are second with nine) and was the first pitcher to homer off Randy Johnson when he pulled it off in 2009:

And his solo shot off Ian Snell was the only run in this game:

In 2010, Gallardo went nuts with four, count 'em, four dingers: 

Gallardo called upon the powers of his mystical mane for his bash off Chris Leroux. Watching his hair blow in the breeze as he runs on the basepaths is more relaxing than meditation:  

He's apparently psychic, too. How else can you describe the fact that he was able to homer in the middle of the broadcasters chatting about home runs?

While Gallardo won't get to bat in each of his starts as he heads to the AL, we'll be looking forward to April 21, when the Rangers play their first Interleague game in Arizona. After all, his first big league shot was there, way back on Aug. 20, 2007. 

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