After months of pleading and cajoling, I have become resigned to the fact that Tyler Skaggs has thrown his final pitch for the Arizona Diamondbacks. We are in the middle of the Winter Meetings and D’backs’ GM Kevin Towers is hopping around, trying to find his starting pitcher and/or corner outfielder. The name that keeps coming up in trade talks for Mark Trumbo or David Price or anyone of consequence is Tyler Skaggs. With the D’backs certain to pull the trigger on a relatively big deal, it is almost impossible to picture the 22 year old Skaggs in Spring Training with the team.
I have never made it a secret about how much I like Skaggs. Fellow VS writers Christian Moffett and Tyler Roberts are also big fans which you could check out here and here. However, I think the three of us realize that the young lefty will be the one sacrificed in order to improve the Snakes’ roster. I don’t think Skaggs was given a fair chance, particularly in 2013 with all of the shuttling between Triple A and Phoenix. However, Towers wasn’t the one that acquired him; that was current Angels’ GM Jerry DiPoto’s doing and now Dipoto appears to be in the running to trade for him again. My theory is that the current regime of Towers and company is looking to unload much (not including Patrick Corbin and Paul Goldschmidt) of the talent that was part of the organization before he started and stock it with his draft picks and free agent signings.
It will be a sad day when the inevitable announcement comes that Tyler Skaggs is not longer a member of the D’backs’ organization. It is probably in his best interest to hit the reset button in another place. I hope he gets sent to an American League team so he won’t haunt the D’backs all that much.