SARASOTA, Fla. – Not surprisingly, the reaction around the Orioles clubhouse was overwhelmingly favorable to the team’s addition of Yovani Gallardo.
“It’s letting all of us know that the front office is all in too. Everybody is all-in, so it’s good. It’s good to be a player here. That’s why I wanted to stay here, because I felt they were going to do everything they possibly could to make this team as good as possible and that’s what they’re doing,” J.J. Hardy said.
Hardy spent three seasons playing with Gallardo in Milwaukee.
“He’s proven year in and year out he’s going to be able to compete and give you a chance to win games. From watching from the other side, watching him on the mound, I love the guy’s mentality on the mound and how he goes after it,” Matt Wieters said.
“He’s as consistent a starter as there’s been. Not only does it help our staff because he’s a great pitcher, it also makes the staff that much deeper and everybody feed off each other.”
Chris Tillman will probably remain the No. 1 starter and perhaps Gallardo will be slotted in behind him.
“I don’t know a lot but I know he does the job and does the job well. We’ve got a couple guys who have been around him and
I’ve heard nothing but great things. It’s exciting it really is. I found out from other players who texted me. I think they’re excited, we are all excited,” Tillman said.
Ubaldo Jimenez saw Gallardo work in the National League and likes what the Orioles are doing to add players.
“They want to win, they aren’t waiting around to have a great team to give us an opportunity to be better and go after winning the championship,” Jimenez said.
For Kevin Gausman, he follows the news and knows that the Orioles could make another signing since the team’s been linked with free agent outfielder Dexter Fowler, too.
“It shows the last couple of years they’ve been liking having the fan base back. It’s weird because for now this is kind of all I’ve known, is us being really good, so I’ve been spoiled, I guess,” Gausman said.
“2012, they got a taste of it. I was actually in [Instructional League] watching them play the Yankees, that was really cool. Obviously. 2014. I think they’re just ready to win. They like it. They like having the ballpark full, and we do, too. We’re obviously very excited.”
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