The Texas Rangers have made a qualifying 2016 contract offer to right-handed pitcher Yovani Gallardo.
This year the qualifying offer for free agents who spent the entire season with their team is $15.8 million.
Gallardo has until 4 p.m. Nov. 13 to accept or decline the offer. If he declines and signs with another team, the Rangers will gain a compensatory pick in next June’s first-year player draft.
The Rangers did not make an offer to pitcher Colby Lewis, but could still negotiate a contract.
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None of the prior 34 major league free agents receiving a qualify offer under the system has accepted the deal.
This was a fairly easy one. Yovani gave us exactly what we were looking for when we acquired him last winter.
Rangers GM Jon Daniels
“This was a fairly easy one,” Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. “Yovani gave us exactly what we were looking for when we acquired him last winter. We would welcome him back, but in the case he gets a better opportunity elsewhere, this offer allows us to recoup a draft pick.”
Gallardo, who grew up in Fort Worth, attended Trimble Tech High School and lives near Eagle Mountain Lake, had arguably the best season of his career in 2015, his first for the Rangers. He went 13-11 with a career-low 3.42 ERA over 184 1/3 innings.
Texas paid $9 million of Gallardo’s $13 million contract in 2015. His previous team, the Milwaukee Brewers, picked up the rest as part of the January trade that brought him to his hometown team.
The Rangers reinstated pitchers Yu Darvish, Nick Tepesch and Alex Claudio to the 40-man roster from the 60-day disabled list.
This leaves Texas with 35 players on its 40-man roster.
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