'Tough to trade a guy like' Gallardo in possible Brewers-D'Backs deal
PHOENIX - There's been reports of discussion between the Milwaukee Brewers and Arizona Diamondbacks about a trade which would include Thursday night's starter for the Brewers, Yovani Gallardo.
A Brewers TV analyst says that giving up the team's No. 1 starter in a trade is a pretty big sacrifice for Milwaukee to make.
"It's tough to trade a guy like that," said former Brewers pitcher Jerry Augustine, an analyst for Fox Sports Wisconsin and 620WTMJ's "Brewers Extra Innings." He appeared on 620WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Morning News" on Friday.
"When you talk about Yovani, he's been a mainstay for years. He still throws the ball (well)...it's going to be interesting to see what direction the Brewers want to go."
This season has been tough on Gallardo, with a 7-8 record and a 4.83 ERA. However, he has four straight 13-plus win seasons, all with winning records, all with an ERA under 4.00.
His Brewers fell to the Diamondbacks, 5-3, on Thursday.
"There have been times when he's struggled a little bit, when he's been behind hitters," said Augustine.
"He has all the stuff to be a great pitcher. With 'Yo,' it's so much about his rhythm, how he feels. Is he throwing the ball for strikes with his fastball? Can he get his breaking ball over? When he's in rhythm, he's as good as any pitcher in baseball. It's just a matter of him getting there on a consistent basis."