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Matt Garza continues to improve his trade value

Jun 27, 2013, 8:35 PM EDT

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Matt Garza was limited to two starts after the All-Star break last season due to a stress reaction in his elbow and a lat strain kept him from making his season debut this year until May 21, but he’s heating up at the right time for the rebuilding Cubs.

Garza struck out 10 batters over seven innings of one-run ball in a 7-2 win over the Brewers this afternoon at Miller Park. He has allowed just two runs in 22 innings over his last three starts and now owns a solid 3.83 ERA and 47/15 K/BB ratio in 49 1/3 innings through eight starts this season.

Garza, 29, is making $10.25 million this season and will hit the free agent market this winter. Save for the possibility that the Phillies listen to offers for left-hander Cliff Lee, he could be the top starting pitcher available leading up to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

  1. onbucky96 - Jun 27, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    Sure. He tore up a AAA Brewer lineup. These Brewers are starting to resemble the last teams under Wendy Selig-Prieb…unwatchable.

  2. norvturnersneck - Jun 27, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    Yeah, and his other win was against the AA Astros. However, some team will pony up for him to make a late playoff run.

  3. redguy12588 - Jun 27, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    A two month rental and injury prone to boot? I’m not sure he’s even worth a top 100 prospect.

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