Skaggs won’t be involved in a Gallardo deal
With the trade deadline inching closer, speculation has already began on who the Diamondbacks could acquire to help out their roster.
There have been rumors about Ricky Nolasco and Jeff Samardzija, but the most recent talk has centered on Yovani Gallardo of the Milwaukee Brewers. A deal doesn’t appear to be imminent, but Jon Heyman of CBS Sports has said it is a situation to keep an eye on.
The one name that has been mentioned going back to Milwaukee in a possible Gallardo deal is Tyler Skaggs. For those who don’t know, the young left-hander is Arizona’s top prospect right ahead of Archie Bradley.
Skaggs wouldn’t be a piece in the deal though, according to Steve Gilbert of MLB.com. Kevin Towers and company has “no interest” in dealing his prized prospect, according to a source that has talked with Gilbert.
The 21-year-old not being included doesn’t necessarily mean a deal between the two sides is off though. The Diamondbacks are rich enough in prospects where they can put a deal together without Skaggs being a part of it.
One of Matt Davidson and Chris Owings would have to be part of any deal. Davidson and Owings are the D-Backs top two hitting prospects, both of whom are having monster seasons at Triple-A Reno, but they are both expendable considering they play positions where the D-Backs are pretty well set at for the next couple years.
After Skaggs and Bradley, David Holmberg is the D-Backs next best pitching prospect. Also a lefty, Holmberg is only 21 years old and is having a monster season at Double-A Mobile. Along with Holmberg, Zeke Spruill, Anthony Meo and Andrew Chafin are names that could be a part of any trade too.
If you can get away from including Skaggs in a trade for Gallardo, Towers should do it immediately. I know Gallardo is having an off year, but he is still only 27 years old and is an ace type pitcher that this club needs to throw out there every fifth day.
Those kinds of guys don’t grow on trees and if you can make a move without giving up one of your top two pitching prospects, you do it without hesitation.