In an effort to strengthen their starting rotation behind their top two tandem of Yu Darvish and Derek Holland, the Texas Rangers made a trade with the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday for starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo.
In exchange for Gallardo, the Brewers will receive minor-league pitchers Corey Knebel and Marcos Diplan, and shortstop Luis Sardinas.
Gallardo made 32 starts for the Brewers in 2014 and has started at least 30 games in each of the last six seasons. He finished last season with a record of 8-11 with a 3.51 ERA and 146 strikeouts in 192 1/3 innings.
The 28 year-old Gallardo was drafted by the Brewers in the 2nd round of the 2004 MLB amateur draft and made his major league debut in 2007. In eight seasons at the big league level, Gallardo has a career record of 89-64, and a career-high of 17 wins set in 2011 when he finished 7th in the voting for the National League Cy Young Award.
He has made one All-Star team, in 2010, but did not make an appearance in the game.
Knebel, 23, a 2013 first-round draft pick of the Detroit Tigers, was traded to Milwaukee in July of last season. He made eight appearances for the Tigers in 2014, ringing up a 6.23 ERA in 8 2/3 innings pitched. He spent the majority of his time in the minors, pitching in 34 games across Double-A and Triple-A, compiling a 5-1 record with a 2.18 ERA.
Diplan, 18, completed his first minor league season in 2014, going 7-2 with a 1.54 ERA over 13 starts in the Dominican Summer League.
Sardinas, 21, who signed with the Rangers as a 16 year-old in 2009, appeared in 43 games for the big-league club in 2014. He hit .261 with 6 doubles and 8 RBIs in 125 plate appearances.