So, all during this off-season the Arizona Diamondbacks have said how much they like the makeup of their team. For the past year, the Dbacks have squelched any notion of trading away the future, the young farm prospects, for anything resembling a good veteran baseball player. Apparently, all of that is changing. According to Dbacks general manager Kevin Towers, he is now willing to trade the likes of a Tyler Skaggs, only the number one prospect in the organization.
So what changed? Well, the idea of getting someone like Oakland A’s pitcher Gio Gonzalez in return. Hey, don’t get me wrong, I would love to have a Gio Gonzalez in the Dbacks starting rotation. At what cost though? Does adding a Gio Gonzalez now offset the loss of a Tyler Skaggs later? Well, maybe maybe not. The issue down the road will be money.
Gonzalez will command a big payday not so far down the road. With the likes of Ian Kennedy, Daniel Hudson and all the other up and comers on this team, will the Dbacks be able to afford to keep Gonzalez in a couple of years? Let’s not even mention Miguel Montero is looking for his too and that extension seems to be in doubt. Seems strange. First, they were happy staying put and now, they are willing to bet the farm on the future. Let’s just hope it doesn’t end up being too steep a price.