Saturday, July 6, 2013
Gallardo for Skaggs?
By Jason A. Churchill
The Milwaukee Brewers could very well trade right-hander Yovani Gallardo this summer.
CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman wrote that the Arizona Diamondbacks have checked in with the Brewers, and could include left-hander Tyler Skaggs in a deal to land the veteran.
Skaggs has made a few big-league starts but is still viewed as a prospect, albeit a very good one with top-of-the-rotation upside.
Gallardo hasn't pitched all that well in 2013, but is under contract through 2014 with a club option for another year, and the salaries are rather affordable, totaling $24.25 million.
Gallardo has a limited no-trade, according to various reports, with the ability to block deals to 10 teams. It's unknown at this stage which 10 clubs, but there's always the chance the acquiring club can pick up the 2015 option as a way to convince him to waive the no-trade.
Other clubs in the market for pitching include the Texas Rangers, New York Yankees, Los Angeles Angels, all five clubs in the National League West.
The Baltimore Orioles could still be after an arm even after acquiring right-hander Scott Feldman from the Chicago Cubs earlier this week.
Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com was the first to report the talks between the Brewers and Diamondbacks on Wednesday, and added that right-handers Jim Henderson, John Axford and Francisco Rodriguez have also been discussed.
Buster Olney of ESPN The Magazine has more on the valuable young pitchers in the Diamondbacks' system:
Buster OlneySkaggs available but not Bradley?
"I wrote here [recently] how the Diamondbacks, seeking starting pitching, have interest in the Brewers' Yovani Gallardo, a Mexican-born player who could be a marketable player for Arizona. In their conversations with the Cubs about Jeff Samardzija, Chicago asked for top pitching prospect Archie Bradley as well as Tyler Skaggs. That ended those very brief discussions. The perception of at least one rival evaluator is that the Diamondbacks are open to moving Skaggs, and that when Arizona gets a starting pitcher, Skaggs is likely the guy who will be at the center of that deal."