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Cubs likely to wait until mid-summer to trade Matt Garza

Feb 5, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

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The Cubs have been dangling Matt Garza on the trade market all winter. But they clearly haven’t been blown away by any one offer, and may now put the whole effort to rest for the next couple of months.

A major league executive told FOX Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi this weekend that the Cubs are “more likely” to move Garza at the July 31 trade deadline than before the start of the 2012 regular season.

Garza registered a solid 3.32 ERA and 1.26 WHIP in 31 starts last season, striking out 197 batters and issuing only 63 walks across 198 innings of work.

The 28-year-old right-hander will make a $9.5 million salary this year in his second-to-last season of arbitration eligibility. If he gets off to a hot start in 2012, trade interest could be very high come late July.

  1. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Feb 5, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    With the new cba rules, are teams going to trade a big prospect or two considering they won’t get a draft pick if he leaves at the end of the year?

    • jwbiii - Feb 5, 2012 at 5:04 PM

      He’s got another arb year coming.

      • paperlions - Feb 5, 2012 at 5:37 PM

        Still not sure what they can get for him. He isn’t a cheap option: $9.5M this year and at least $12M next year. Teams aren’t going to give up elite prospects and pay the guys salary.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Feb 5, 2012 at 6:03 PM

        Bah thanks for the correction, could have sworn it said last year of arbitration

      • jwbiii - Feb 5, 2012 at 6:40 PM

        This was his third arb year, but he was a super two. He’s got just under 5 years of MLB service time.

  2. Old Gator - Feb 5, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    Getting off to a “hot start” with this Cubs team will be like trying to escape Jovian gravity on a bottle rocket.

  3. tn16 - Feb 5, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    The jays almost got him but the cubs wanted lawrie plus Travis daunard and another top pitching prospect

    • proudlycanadian - Feb 5, 2012 at 4:35 PM

      d’Arnaud and a Double A pitching prospect other than Hutchinson might have worked, but the Jay’s would never trade Lawrie straight up for Garza.

      • cur68 - Feb 5, 2012 at 7:20 PM

        Anthopolous must be allergic to tar and feathers, ’cause that’s what’d happen if he traded Lawrie at the moment. Such a deal would have to include Verlander coming the other way for it be reasonable from a pro-Beaver Wrestler standpoint.

  4. brewcrewfan54 - Feb 5, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    Garza is one of those wierd guys who is good but nobody seems to want him for more than a season or 2. The funny thing is I’ve never heard anyone accuse him of being a clubhouse cancer either. He’s about to get real expensive but I’d take him in Milwaukee.

    • Old Gator - Feb 5, 2012 at 8:24 PM

      I’d take him for the Feesh in a heartbeat, but of course Slobbering Ozzie wanted his psychotic countryman Lamebraino instead.

      • vivabear - Feb 6, 2012 at 12:37 AM

        First I’ll guess Lamebraino=Carlos Zambrano. We’ve already covered this, but…it’s pretty safe to assume at the time of the Zambrano trade the Cubs didn’t give the Marlins the choice of Garza or Zambrano for the package they ultimately accepted for Zambrano.

      • brewcrewfan54 - Feb 6, 2012 at 12:44 AM

        Ozze aint right and you fish fans got your hands full with that awful homerun cartoon Gator. Good luck, that rhing is awful!

      • Old Gator - Feb 6, 2012 at 9:22 PM

        Of course not. Thing is, Garza was on the block, the Feesh were spending like the Baron von Thurn und Taxis when he had a month to live, but instead of negotiating seriously for a pitcher that would be a real asset to the team they pointed to the one in the padded cell and said “Our gibbering fool of a manager wants that one; what will you give us to take him off your hands?”

  5. jason1214 - Feb 5, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    Yeah, nobody will trade an “elite” prospect for him this summer….right. Wait until someone has a big injury in their rotation. Not to mention any team trading for him would give up more if they were to be able to secure an extension as part of the trade. Twins NEVER should’ve traded this guy.

  6. jason1214 - Feb 5, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    @church,

    If the acquiring team holds him for a calendar year (IE 2013, his final arb year) and then loses him via free agency, they do re-coup draft pick compensation under new CBA.

  7. canes111 - Feb 6, 2012 at 6:31 AM

    Spring training !!! Let’s get it on !!!!

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