Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo is stuck in the middle of some trade rumors. It is certainly not a place players typically like to be, especially those who have spent their entire professional career with the same organization. As of right now, the Arizona Diamondbacks are reportedly zeroing in on trading for Gallardo, but is it a deal the Brewers should make?
Milwaukee owns Gallardo’s rights for the next three seasons, including 2013. Even though he is struggling on the mound this year, it does not mean the Brewers should jump the gun and trade him on a whim. The fact is Milwaukee could improve greatly in 2014 or 2015 and the right-hander could be a huge part of it.
“We’ve got control over Yo for this year, next year and an option year — and it’s at a pretty friendly price for the type of pitcher he is,” manager Ron Roenicke said, according to Brewers.com. “So unless Doug [Melvin] gets something that really makes sense, he’s going to be with us.”
What the Diamondbacks are offering is left-handed starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs, who is one of the organization’s top prospects. It is true that Skaggs has struggled in his limited action in the majors over the past two seasons (5.67 earned run average in 46 innings). It is also true that he is not doing so hot in Triple-A this season. With that being said, the 21-year-old has a truck load of potential to be a star in the big leagues for many years to come. Not to mention, he has put up some solid numbers in the minors for several years.
It does not appear the Brewers would give up Gallardo, a proven starter, for just Skaggs. If the Diamondbacks cannot figure out a way to sweeten the deal, then Milwaukee would be better off keeping their ace. However, if Arizona added another top prospect or an established pitcher then Milwaukee should consider taking the deal.