Casey Janssen would come to the D'backs for Tyler Skaggs in a trade proposed by Justin Jay at jaysjournal. Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

Tyler Skaggs to the Blue Jays?

‘Tis the season for rumors and trade talk. Against the backdrop of this week’s General Manager’s meetings, Justin Jay, a tremendous writer for one of our fellow FanSided sites jaysjournal proposed a deal between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Arizona Diamondbacks. Knowing what a problem closing games was for the D’backs last season, Justin put out an offer, which you can read here that would seek to avoid a repeat of those fiascoes. It is a deal that sounds quite interesting on the surface and one that D’back fans will have no doubt digesting for a day or two.

Casey Janssen to Arizona in exchange for Tyler Skaggs.

Anyone that has followed my work here knows that I might be the world’s biggest Tyler Skaggs fan. I also have a sneeking suspicion that because he was not acquired by Kevin Towers, the young lefty is more liable to be traded. Yes there are times he has struggled on the Major League level last season but I also think some of those struggles can be attributed to the fact that he was shuttled roughly eight times between Arizona and the Minors. I also know he has put together some excellent starts particularly his six shutout innings of the Rangers in Texas on May 27th. Skaggs won’t turn 23 until July 13th but there are many people who believe (rightly so) that he has been surpassed in the system by Archie Bradley and that his inconsistency has dropped his trade value. I wholeheartedly believe he will be an outstanding Major League pitcher.

Which brings us to Janssen, the closer the D’backs would acquire. There is no question that the 32 year old righty has been a premier reliever in the American League over the past three seasons. During that time Janssen is 11-2 with a 2.45 ERA in 173 games. He has saved 56 games over the past two seasons and in 116 1/3 innings during that span he has struck out 117 hitters, allowing only 83 hits. Janssen is under contract through the end of the 2014 season and is due to make only $4 million dollars. Certainly, he would be a better closer than anyone Arizona put out there in 2013.

However, Justin brought up a very good point. The D’backs have Jake Barrett waiting in the wings to be the stopper, possibly as early as 2014. It may not make any sense for the D’backs to trade a young pitching prospect for a guy who may only be with the team for a season. At least when Trevor Bauer was dealt last offseason, the catch was Didi Gregorius, an equally young shortstop. It would be hard to envision Janssen sticking around past this upcoming season. The organization has not only Barrett but Matt Stites, acquired in the Ian Kennedy deal, to handle the late innings. Who knows if the current Jays’ closer would accept being a seventh inning man in 2015.

Both players could benefit from this trade. Skaggs could get a fresh start with a new organization that would really want him. Jansen could increase his value by going to a new league and be just as effective, if not more and score a big pay day. The Blue Jays receive a young, left-handed pitcher with a world of potential. It would be the D’backs that would end up with the short end of the stick. They would get one good year from Janssen who surely will find employment with another team after the season. While Justin proposes a solid trade that benefits both clubs at least in the short term, it does not work out well in the long run for the D’backs.

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  • Justin Jay

    But you got to admit, when you’re team blow 29 games and you only needed 13 of those back to win the division… the idea for even 1 year sounds awesome. And what about a sign and trade? Thanks for the shout out by the way. Love the view point. I was wondering what Diamondback fans would say to this proposal. I’m going to update my article so I can send some Jays viewers your way. I really liked this article… and I hope Towers opens his eyes. You guys have possibly the best farm system in MLB.

    • Tom Lynch

      I think the offer is very fair. I like Janssen but I love Skaggs and I would hate to part with him for something they might be able to fill in-house.
      D’back fans, I think are a little impatient. Alot of them didn’t like the Bauer deal and were more OK with the Upton one. You are right, their farm system is top-notch.

      I’d like to send more D’back fans your way as well. Your site is tremendous. We want to be like you.

      • Justin Jay

        You guys will get there. We have a pretty big staff which gives us lots of creativity, different ideas, opinions, and flexibility. Kyle and Michael do a great job at putting out a format that helps drive the site. We’re also pretty fortunate that we have 1 team for an entire country. Keep doing what you’re doing! Great article

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