As the Milwaukee Brewers fall deeper and deeper into the basement of the NL Central, rumors are starting to swirl more and more about players that could be dealt before the trade deadline, and no name has been whispered more than that of pitcher Yovani Gallardo.
Gallardo has had a mediocre season as he’s barely been able to keep his ERA under five, and he hasn’t been able to strike out batters at the same rate he has in past seasons. However, if he was on a contending team, he would only have to be the third or fourth best starter on the staff, which would relinquish the pressure of having to be Milwaukee’s ace.
Seeing that he is only 27 and under contract beyond this season, even with less than exceptional numbers this year, Gallardo is still a desirable target for contending teams and could end up being one of the top pitchers on the trading block this year.
The team that’s been linked the most to Gallardo in trade rumors has been the Arizona Diamondbacks, who are barely hanging on to the NL West lead and could use some help in their rotation behind Patrick Corbin.
Of course, Arizona isn’t the only team looking for rotation help, and if the price for Gallardo goes up, the Diamondbacks may have to give up top prospect Tyler Skaggs in order to acquire him, which would be a great trade to make from the Brewer’s perspective.
Complicating things is the fact that Gallardo has a no-trade clause that allows him to block a trade to 10 teams, with most of those 10 being American League clubs. Gallardo is unlikely to waive his no-trade clause if it means going to the AL, which would limit the number of potential suitors and drive down the cost, making the Brewers less likely to deal him since they could easily keep him and use him to lead their rotation again in 2014.
With more than three weeks until the trade deadline, it’s tough to know for sure whether Gallardo will be on the move before then or if he’ll be staying in Milwaukee. But, there will definitely be a lot of teams calling the Brewers to inquire about his availability between now and then, which will keep the rumors about him swirling for the days and weeks to come.