Off to a surprisingly great start in 2014, the Milwaukee Brewers are largely riding the good work of their pitching staff, both in the starting rotation and out of the bullpen.
Yovani Gallardo‘s return to form after a rough 2013 season ranks among the top developments in Milwaukee. His 2-2 win-loss record only begins to tell the story, as Gallardo has a 3.07 ERA in 55.2 innings pitched.
The Brewers have a team option to keep Gallardo through 2015, which means they do not have much urgency at this point to look at locking him up to a long-term extension. As such, the Brewers will wait until the end of the 2014 season to open up extension talks. According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe:
With an option year pending, the Brewers will not entertain extension talks on Gallardo until the end of the season. The Brewers will gladly pick up the $13 million option, but Gallardo’s agents, Alan Nero and Bobby Witt, will certainly be willing to discuss a longer term this offseason.”
Gallardo, 28 years old, has pitched his entire career in Milwaukee. That, combined with the amount of time that the two sides have to work out a deal, make it seem likely that the Brewers will come to terms to keep their ace in Milwaukee beyond 2015.