In case you live under a rock, or have an outdated web browser that only allows you to read about sports on The Buffet, there was some big news out of Brewers camp yesterday. The Crew inked 24 year-old starter Yovani Gallardo to a 5 year, $30 million deal. I think I speak for everyone around when I say HAPPY HAPPY JOY, FUCKIN' JOY!!!! This is a fantastic move for the Brewers. Professional journalist Tom Haudricourt, breaks down the deal nicely in today's JS. The new contract buys out all of Yo's arbitration years, his first year of free agency, and there's an option for the year after that. Basically the deal nicely balances the risk associated with locking up a pitcher long-term, with the player's desire to hit the free agent market if he's playing at an elite level. From my angle, I love it because: A) If Yovani's pitching at an elite level he's an absolute steal at $6 million per, B) If he's hurt or pitching poorly, then the team isn't stuck with a Suppan sized millstone around their necks, and C) If he's pitching somewhere in between 6 mil is pretty much par for the course. Add in the fact that this avoids any potential arbitration battles, and keeps him off the free agent market for at least one year, and there is a lot to love about this contract. Big ups to Brewer management! Thank you for locking up one of the game's best young pitchers!