The Milwaukee Brewers may not admit it but don’t be surprised if they shop starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo. One team that could be an ideal landing spot for the soon to be 28-year-old starter is the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Gallardo has had a lot of success against the Diamondbacks in his career. He also tends to draw a nice following of family and Mexican heritage fans in attendance in his starts in Arizona. Gallardo has 30 innings pitched at Chase Field in his career, giving up only seven earned runs, striking out 30 batters en route to four wins in five contests.
The Diamondbacks have some bullpen arms available for sale and a decent prospect pool that could draw interest from the Brewers. With Kyle Lohse, Wily Peralta, Marco Estrada, Tyler Thornburg, newly acquired Will Smith and top prospects Johnny Hellweg and Jimmy Nelson striving to make the rotation it just makes sense for the Brewers to trade Gallardo now and get something in return before his team friendly contract expires.
Keep an eye on Gallardo and the Brewers as this offseason progresses. The club could look to turn to their promising young arms and acquire some value in return for Gallardo heading into the 2014 season. He has impressive numbers in his seven-year career as he eclipsed 30 plus starts in each of the last five seasons and holds a 3.72 career ERA while striking out nearly a batter per inning. The Brewers finally have some young electric arms surfacing through their system and it could be time for the club to cut ties with Gallardo. Arizona seems like the most logical destination for Gallardo, especially if the Diamondbacks expect to compete with the 800-pound gorilla, Los Angeles Dodgers.