The Diamondbacks and Brewers are having preliminary discussions about Yovani Gallardo being traded to the Diamondbacks.
According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, while nothing is certain yet, the conversation seems to include prized D’Backs prospect Tyler Skaggs.
Gallardo, the Brewers’ ace, has had a rough go of it this year. He’s pitched to a 6-8 record and a 4.78 ERA on the season, with a sharp decline in strikeouts and a rise in walks being a big reason why. More concerning is Gallardo’s velocity, which has declined over the past few years. His fastball has dropped from an average of 92.6 mph in 2011, to a 91.7 mph in 2012, and finally to 90.7 mph in 2013. The decline in velocity is a huge red flag for Gallardo, who has not been the same pitcher that he once was. Gallardo used to be a pitcher who could be counted on for a solid ERA in the mid 3′s with good strikeout stuff and good control. Lately, he hasn’t been that at all.
It’s hard to believe that the D’Backs would even consider giving up a prized prospect like Skaggs for Gallardo at this point. While Skaggs has struggled a bit at the major league level, posting a 5.67 career ERA in just 46 innings, he’s shown flashes of dominance. In the minors, he is a career 3.19 ERA pitcher with far more Ks (516) than IP (465.) It should be interesting to see if talks progress further than this.