3 best destinations for Diamondbacks’ Zac Gallen ahead of 2022 MLB trade deadline
The Arizona Diamondbacks are currently near the bottom of the NL West and fighting for fourth place with the Colorado Rockies. They are not a contender and will be selling at the 2022 MLB trade deadline. They have a number of players who are expected to be on the trade block. However, could star pitcher Zac Gallen be on that list?
Gallen is just 26-years old and still has three years of arbitration left. So Arizona isn’t in any rush to move the right-hander. So far in 2022, Gallen has pitched to the tune of 3.62 ERA and 1.09 WHIP to go along with 84 strikeouts.
According to USA’s Bob Nightengale, Gallen is “not going anywhere.” But the Diamondbacks have labored for a few years now and are clearly rebuilding. Zac Gallen would net them immense prospect capital. But can a team make a trade proposal that blows Arizona away? Teams are hopeful that Arizona will entertain trade offers.
Here are the 3 best trade destinations for Gallen.
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3 best destinations for Zac Gallen ahead of 2022 MLB trade deadline
The Yankees have to be included on this list. They have pitched well this year but would benefit from further rotation depth.
New York entered the quarter mark of the season with the 11th best farm system in MLB, per Bleacher Report. They might just have enough prospects to tempt the Diamondbacks.
Shortstop Anthony Volpe or outfielder Jasson Dominguez would likely need to be included in a deal. The Yankees value both prospects at a high level, but Zac Gallen is a star 26-year old with 3 years of team control remaining on his contract. So the Diamondbacks would need a star-studded trade package in return for him.
Yankees and Dodgers? Really?
Yes, both teams are always mentioned in trade rumors. But these teams make sense as trade destinations for Zac Gallen. And as good as the Dodgers’ MLB team is, their farm system happens to be ranked number one overall as well. So Los Angeles has the prospect capital to make a deal happen.
The Dodgers entered the season with a plethora of pitching depth. But they have dealt with injuries in the rotation. I fully expect the Dodgers to at least inquire about the right-hander. The Diamondbacks may look at LA’s farm system and attempt to make a deal happen.
But the Dodgers are a team that may be hesitant to overpay after trading a number of top prospects ahead of last year’s trade deadline for Trea Turner and Max Scherzer.
The Cardinals feature a top 10 farm system and would benefit from starting pitching. Miles Mikolas and 40-year old Adam Wainwright have carried St. Louis’s pitching rotation this season. Jack Flaherty has been injured for most of the year and the rest of the rotation is questionable.
The Cardinals would be smart to discuss a Zac Gallen trade with Arizona. St. Louis just swung a deal with an NL West team in the Rockies last year for Nolan Arenado. So they might as well try and add another star NL West player.
The Milwaukee Brewers lead the NL Central and are known for their elite pitching staff. But the Cardinals would make things interesting by adding Gallen. And once Flaherty returns from injury, St. Louis would have an impressive rotation.