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Report: Rays “motivated” to trade Matt Garza

Dec 7, 2010, 6:32 PM EDT

Matt Garza throwing

A source tells Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse that the Rays are “motivated” to trade Matt Garza.

We have already heard Garza connected to the Brewers and Nationals, but according to Price, the Rangers view him as a fallback if they are unable to sign Cliff Lee or acquire Zack Greinke.

Garza, 27, has thrived since being acquired from the Twins in November of 2007, posting a 3.86 ERA over 95 games (94 starts) with the Rays. He went 15-10 with a 3.91 ERA in 2010 and has topped 200 innings pitched in each of the past two seasons. Garza remains under team control through 2013, but is due a hefty raise in the arbitration process from the $3.35 million he made this past season.

In a perfect world, the Rays would probably prefer to deal James Shields, but they stand to get more in return for Garza, especially as they attempt to to bolster their lineup and reconstruct their bullpen. If Garza is ultimately dealt, the club would slide Jeremy Hellickson into their starting rotation. Hellickson, who turns 24 next April, went 4-0 with a 3.47 ERA and 33/8 K/BB ratio over 10 appearances (four starts) with the Rays this past season. He looks ready for primetime.

  1. danwhitmer - Dec 7, 2010 at 7:04 PM

    I would love to see the Orioles sweep in and pick him up. He has proven in the AL East that he can be effective and stand against the big bats of the sox and yanks. That will not happen though because they do not have the trade bait that TB would want ( atleast i do not think they do )

  2. brewcrewchamps - Dec 7, 2010 at 7:55 PM

    If the Brewers could get him that would be huge as long unless it’s for Prince. I think they could squeeze more out with him. Plus I don’t see the Rays wanting to sign him realistically.

  3. Jeremiah Graves - Dec 7, 2010 at 9:25 PM

    If the Brewers are serious–and given the push for Marcum, I think they are–a package of Gamel who could DH/1B in Tampa Bay and/ Lorenzo Cain would have to be pretty danged tempting in return for Garza.

    That’d give the Brewers a front four of Gallardo, Marcum, Garza and Wolf. Not too shabby and definitely solid enough to make a serious run in the NL Central. Especially if Prince sticks around all season and Braun rakes like usually. Another solid season from Weeks, Hart, and McGehee would go a long way toward making Milwaukee legit contenders.

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