According to sources at Fox Sports, Milwaukee is working on a trade to send long-time Brewers’ farmhand Yovani Gallardo to Texas.
There have been no reports of any players returning to Milwaukee in exchange for Gallardo, who has one year remaining on his contract.
However, we can rule out 21-year-old prospect Jurickson Profar, multiple sources said.
The potential deal makes sense for Brewers’ pitching prospect Jimmy Nelson, who could slide into the team’s starting rotation, after team officials planned to have him in the bullpen pending any off season trades of their starters.
Nelson’s 2014 campaign with the Major League club drew mixed results, starting 12 of 14 games, posting a 2-9 record and a 4.93 ERA.
Nelson, 25, had his best start of the season May 25 at Miami when he tossed 5.2 innings, allowing no earned runs with six strikeouts and three walks to earn his first career victory.
He then produced two underwhelming starts, allowing nine earned runs through 10.1 innings, but produced a solid 10:3 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
The right-hander produced a solid start in a 2-0 loss to the New York Mets July 27, where he strung
together seven strong innings, allowing two earned runs and struck out six batters.
Based on his season trends, he accrued six starts where he pitched six or more innings, and two where he pitched seven. He was 1-3 with three no decisions in all six of those starts.
Aside from Nelson, there is speculation from a variety of individuals on Twitter that the Gallardo trade could lead Milwaukee to either a Max Scherzer or James Shields free agent signing.
A report from MLB insider Chris Cotillo indicates Scherzer has multiple offers on the table, including one for seven years, and could sign with the Washington Nationals.
Tom Haudricourt reported Sunday that the Brewers are maxed out financially, and the trade will likely clear up some of Gallardo’s $13 million salary.
Chances are slim Shields will come to Milwaukee on a free agent contract.
One of the sole objectives to the potential deal is to relieve payroll, and not add further fuel to to a belt that is already strapped.
Regardless of Nelson’s track record last season, it could be his job to lose entering Spring Training, unless the Brewers still consider Tyler Thornburg a viable option.