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Brewers, Yovani Gallardo discussing extension

Adam McCalvy of MLB.com is reporting that the Brewers and pitcher Yovani Gallardo have had limited discussions about a contract extension for next season. Gallardo went 13-12 in 30 starts last season after missing nearly all of 2008 with a knee injury.

Gallardo owns a career 3.57 ERA in 54 career games, and is only 24 years old. If the fact that Gallardo is the only unsigned player on the Brewers 40-man roster is a sign of things to come (for the second year in a row, mind you), than it may get ugly very fast in Milwaukee.

Gallardo will be eligible for arbitration for the first time after this season. If he can improve on his 2009 numbers, he could be in line for a nice base salary. However, with Prince Fielder soon eyeing a contract extension, the Brewers would be smart to avoid going year-to-year with Gallardo in order to save as much money to throw at Fielder.