Report: Brewers, DBacks Discussing Trade | Disciples of Uecker

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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.

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  1. SecondHandStore says: July 4, 2013

    Interesting to note that after Gallardo’s next start against the Mets, he faces the Diamondbacks.

    • Dan says: July 4, 2013

      … or the Brewers

  2. Chris K says: July 4, 2013

    Seems Arizona isn’t interested in trading Skaggs. Was just speculation and the Brewers Side mentioned his name.

    The guy for the DBacks to offer in trade is 3b Matt Davidson. Prado has 3years remaining on his contract and seems entrenched at 3b for Arizona. After that the arms to seek in acquiring would be Delgado(not likely) Holmberg,Chafin and then likely Bullpen pieces.
    While an arm seems the best way to go, the highest talent resides in Davidson, OF Eaton, and SS/2b Owings.
    The Brewers would have to go away from Gennett at 2b with Owings. and Eaton would essentially become Aoki….Or the long term fix is CF with looking at Gomez as the acquiring SP Haul likely in the Offseason.

    Holmberg reads like a future solid #3 but not really any higher. Probably looking at a guy who reaches 190IP with a 3.7ERA to 4.2ERA. It does sound like he has control and keeps the ball down a positive for Miller Park.
    I just wonder if the better haul is Davidson/Owings or Eaton vs. Davidson/Holmberg long term. Trying to acquire Pitching via another outlet.

  3. Jeff Fletcher says: July 4, 2013

    I have been behind the idea of trading Gallardo but with literally every starter getting hurt, I don’t know if now is the time. Can trade a reliever but otherwise Hiram would have to figure things out or Thornburg would be forced to start making a struggling rotation even worse

    • Jake W says: July 5, 2013

      Why should that matter at all? Other than trying to make a playoff run, there is no reason not make trades for the future. Any trade they make will likely make the Major League team worse. The point is this is a lost season and in order to improve, trades must be made that hurt the current team. And why not lose as many games as possible in order to have a higher draft pick, more slot money, and more international spending?

      • Jeff Fletcher says: July 5, 2013

        I see what you mean but I don’t think that’s the right way to do it. We’re not the Marlins or Astros, we shouldn’t give up completely. It’s not a bad team, just an underperforming team. Just because a team is losing doesn’t mean it deserves to start a AAA roster

  4. Paul S says: July 5, 2013

    Any deal with Skaggs in it would be a major coup, in my opinion. Let’s hope Yovani posts two stellar starts against the Mets and D-backs to get this thing done!

  5. The Realist says: July 8, 2013

    No way Arizona gives up Skaggs


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