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What they’re saying about the Matt Garza trade…

Jan 9, 2011, 12:53 PM EDT

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The Rays and Cubs agreed to an eight-player trade involving right-hander Matt Garza on Friday afternoon and then completed that trade on Saturday after routine physicals were taken and the correct paperwork was filed.

The Cubs received Garza, outfielder Fernando Perez and left-handed pitching prospect Zach Rossup from Tampa Bay.

The Rays got top pitching prospect Chris Archer, shortstop prospect Hak-Ju Lee, outfield prospect Brandon Guyer, catching prospect Robinson Chirinos and outfielder Sam Fuld from Chicago.

Now, a look at several post-trade reactions from around the baseball media landscape…

* Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times: “Landing Garza is a significant response to upstart Cincinnati’s pitching-driven division title last season and division-rival Milwaukee’s recent trades for Shaun Marcum and Cy Young winner Zack Greinke.  It gives the Cubs a Ryan Dempster-Garza-Carlos Zambrano top three to their starting rotation and makes the back end look stronger.”

* Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times: “As highly regarded as [the Rays' minor league] system is — ranked third by Baseball America before the trade, second now — the trade provides some needed balance as they were much deeper in pitching prospects than position players.”

* Ben Nicholson-Smith of MLB Trade Rumors: “If any team could afford to spare a starter, it was the Rays, who still have David Price, James Shields, Jeff Niemann, Wade Davis and Jeremy Hellickson.”

* Dave Cameron of FanGraphs: “In name value, it’s a big step backwards, and will likely be viewed as just a cost-saving move by the general public. In reality, though, there’s a good chance that the Rays will be better next year by trading Garza away.”

* Al Yellon of Bleed Cubbie Blue: “Matt Garza, Carlos Zambrano and Ryan Dempster make a very solid top three starters for the 2011 Cubs. Get good years out of #4 and #5 and improved bullpen performance, and the team has a shot at real improvement in 2011.”

* Tommy Rancel of ESPN 1040 Tampa: “This is one of the more complex trades made in the Friedman Era. On the surface, it looks like the team is giving up some ground in 2011, but Hellickson’s transition should ease that pain; especially if it comes with a big-time DH.”

* Keith Law of ESPN.com: “I love this trade for Tampa Bay. They got more for Garza than Kansas City did for Zack Greinke although their package of players is, collectively, further away than what the Royals got. It looks to me like the Rays focused less on position and more on overall value.”

  1. bigtrav425 - Jan 9, 2011 at 5:43 PM

    Horrible trade for the Cubs..gave up WAY to much,Hope Garza can comeback and have a solid yr this yr tho!

    • anythingbutyanks - Jan 10, 2011 at 12:58 AM

      The Cubs got solid major league talent for a group of minor leaguers. Until one or more of those players turns into a solid major leaguer, this trade favors the Cubs. It will take 4 years before we know who fared best in this trade.

  2. jetersusedjersey - Jan 10, 2011 at 7:11 AM

    I see this trade as a win/win for both clubs. The Rays got some very good young (as in several years from making the ML team) talent and freed up money to sign a DH. The Cubs improved their chances in a pretty evenly matched central. Everyone wins on the surface of this deal. Now if one of the young players turns in to superstar 5 years down the road….

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