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Cubs might shop starter Matt Garza during spring training

Jan 6, 2013, 3:58 PM EDT

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This from Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe:

Hard to read the Cubs, since they’re building for the future while also signing veteran pitchers. [Matt] Garza still has to show teams in spring training that his injured elbow is OK; the Cubs would listen on a possible deal.

Garza missed the final two months of the 2012 season due to a stress reaction in his right elbow, but he’s enjoyed a normal offseason to this point and is expected to be fully healthy when major league camp opens in February.

The 29-year-old boasts a stellar 3.52 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 8.7 K/9 in 49 total starts with the Cubs. He is eligible for arbitration for the fourth and final time this season, which means he’ll be a free agent in the fall.

  1. imthewiz77 - Jan 6, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    Trade Soriano to the phils and save 5 million a year.

  2. joerymi - Jan 6, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    If the Cubs trust his arm, he might be better used as bait at the trade deadline. Teams will want to see him post-injury, and might be willing to part with more during a pennant chase or possibly following an injury to one of their starters.

  3. modellforprez - Jan 6, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    wanna get this cizzunt to pitch better? tell em” he is gettin shipped to the pirates minor league paramilitary academy….

  4. paulhargis53 - Jan 6, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    With that Finkelstein sh*t kid?
    Son of a b*tch!

  5. Old Gator - Jan 7, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Awww, it’s not so hard to read the Cubbies. It’s a lot harder to read the Chicago Tribune, and a real struggle to read the Free Press. The Cubs just want to insinuate some VETERAN PRESENCE into their mix of babies and toddlers. When you’re going nowhere anyway, that’s not a half bad idea.

  6. Clark Street Sports - Jan 7, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    The Cubs have a much improved bullpen that should allow for both Garza and the Cubs to have more wins during the 2013 season and I don’t see the Cubs having another 100 loss season this year.

  7. hermie13 - Jan 7, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    Trouble with waiting for the deadline to trade him is the team getting him won’t get a draft pick. Could hurt value.

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