According to separate reports by Jon Morosi of FOX Sports and Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Milwaukee Brewers and Arizona Diamondbacks have recently discussed a deal that would possibly send right-hander Yovani Gallardo and a reliever to Arizona.
Heyman indicates the two sides have discussed left-hander Tyler Skaggs, but nothing appears to be imminent in the discussions. He quotes a source who says, “There’s no traction at this point.”
The Brewers and Diamondbacks seem to be natural trading partners this summer. The Diamondbacks seek upgrades in both their starting rotation — which currently ranks 11th in the National League — and their bullpen. An injury to J.J. Putz and ineffectiveness from both Heath Bell and David Hernandez have caused the Diamondbacks to look toward outside sources to bolster the back-end of their ‘pen.
The Diamondbacks also have a fairly deep farm system from which they can deliver the prospects necessary to make a deal for Gallardo worth while for Milwaukee. Skaggs, who was explicitly mentioned by the report, was the number-one prospect in the Diamondbacks’ system coming into the 2013 season, according to Baseball America. He’s experienced a bit of a down year, but he’s still striking out 10.30 batters per nine innings in Triple-A and projects as a potential number-two starter.
Any potential deal will almost certainly center around young, controllable pitching, so the Diamondbacks make sense with guys like Skaggs and David Holmberg atop their system — though Holmberg profiles as more of a mid-rotation arm. The Diamondbacks also have Archie Bradley, but it seems almost certain that he’s untouchable in any trade negotiations.
Fans should probably not expect anything to happen in the coming days. It appears, though, the Milwaukee Brewers are sincerely shopping Yovani Gallardo on the trade market, which is a very encouraging sign that the organization could get creative this month. Stay tuned.