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Cubs talking with multiple teams about Matt Garza

Jul 5, 2013, 1:33 PM EDT

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Matt Garza picked a good time to start pitching well. At least from the Cubs’ perspective. Buster Olney reports that the Cubs are “making progress” on talks with multiple teams for the services of their starter, including Texas, Boston, Toronto, Cleveland, the Dodgers “and maybe Baltimore.” Olney adds that “a couple of more teams in the NL West” could be interested in Garza too.

Since a disaster start on June 11 in which he gave up nine runs Garza — whom Olney refers to as “the belle of the ball” and which should thus be his new nickname going forward — has allowed one or zero runs in four straight outings, all of which lasted seven innings or longer. Those starts haven’t come against the staunchest competition — the Mets, Astros, Brewers and A’s — but solid is solid and this is July and teams often take a “what have you done lately” approach in July.

It’s all about health now. Garza was the belle of the ball at last year’s trade deadline too. Then he got hurt and that was that for his marketability.

  1. scatterbrian - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    From Garza’s perspective too. It gives him a better chance of getting out of Chicago and on a winning team.

  2. stephenolszewski - Jul 5, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    The Indians need a pitcher pretty bad to solidify this up and down rotation, only consistent pitcher is Masterson. Garza would be a nice 2nd Starter in this rotation

  3. dhalb34 - Jul 5, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    Man, no love for the A’s. Only winning the AL West, but thanks for comparing them to the three worst clubs in baseball.

    • hcf95688 - Jul 5, 2013 at 7:26 PM

      No love for the A’s is nothing new, even here in the Bay Area.

    • pipkin42 - Jul 5, 2013 at 8:51 PM

      By OPS+ the A’s are around league-average (103), and a little better when just considering team OBP.

      Thus, I can see calling them “not the staunchest competition.”

      But yeah, they’re a good team. A lot of that is on the other side of the ball, though.

      • pipkin42 - Jul 5, 2013 at 8:53 PM

        Hmmm…looks like they’re just slightly above-average in ERA+, too.

        I’m sure someone who is better at numbers than I am could come up with a more compelling answer to this issue, one way or the other.

  4. hittfamily - Jul 5, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    Garza was great for TB. 7 ip, 1 ER in game 7 of the ALCS against the Sawx, sending us to the Series.

    I’d love a reunion. Tampa Bay has Matt Moore, Alex Cobb, Chris Archer, Alex Torres, Jake Odorizzi, Alex Colome and Taylor Guerreri for at least the next 5 years. They have Hellickson for 3 more, and Price for 2 more. The price for Garza shouldn’t be too high, so I’d love to see them get involved. Maybe Colome or Odorizzi and a few throw ins would get them Garza. They trade away their 9th best starting pitcher, and roll into September with a rotation of Price, Garza, Hellickson, Moore, and Cobb. Their offense has been 2nd in fWAR and 3rd in wRC+. They have a top 5 outfield (opinion) in Joyce, Jennings and Myers. They have a solid infield with Longoria/Johnson, Escobar, Zobrist, and Loney’s much better clone. After a horrible start, Rodney has been lights out for the last month. Same with McGee. Peralta is a solid setup man, and Torres will break Rodney’s ERA record.

    I’m a Rays homer for sure, but this team is solid top to bottom. By adding Garza, Alex Cobb becomes their #5, and every other team in the AL is wondering how to catch up.

  5. dirtyharry1971 - Jul 5, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    bluejays are NOT buyers so lets put an end to those imaginary rumors right now. Teams that are 11 games out of first this late in the year do not BUY, they Sell.

    • hittfamily - Jul 5, 2013 at 5:50 PM

      The Rays were 10 back of Boston in September in 2011. Never count out the Sawx!

  6. joeymrb - Jul 5, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    What’s with the A’s diss? They’re in first place. Really shouldn’t be listed in the same company as the Astros or Brewers

    • hcf95688 - Jul 5, 2013 at 7:28 PM

      As an A’s fan, listening to/reading the national media – Hell, even the giants-centric Bay Area media – is hella frustrating.

  7. kpow55 - Jul 6, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    Hamilton for Garza straight up please…. please take Hamilton

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