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Cubs likely to trade Matt Garza this week

Jul 15, 2013, 1:27 PM EDT

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Matt Garza shot down yesterday’s report that the Cubs informed him he was going to be traded, but that obviously doesn’t mean he’s staying in Chicago. In fact, David Kaplan of reports that Garza is likely to be traded this week.

According to Kaplan “several teams have decided they are willing to engage Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer in serious negotiations” during the All-Star break rather than waiting until the July 31 trade deadline. Garza has been linked to the Cardinals, Blue Jays, Rangers, and Indians.

Since returning from the disabled list in mid-May to make his delayed season debut Garza has started 11 games with a 3.17 ERA and 62/20 K/BB ratio in 71 innings, going at least six innings and allowing two or fewer runs in each of his last six starts.

  1. JustMeMike - Jul 15, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    I’m hoping he goes to the Pirates or the Cardinals rather than Toronto, Boston, Cleveland, or Texas. As a pitcher in the NL he faces 8 batters and a pitcher (at least for a few innings). In the AL how well will he do facing all batters.

    Pirates should be all in for a RF and Garza. Go for the gold Buccos. Now!

    • spudchukar - Jul 15, 2013 at 3:16 PM

      He did pretty well playing for Tampa Bay.

  2. beerjunkie - Jul 15, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    He’s going to the Rangers.

    • spudchukar - Jul 15, 2013 at 3:33 PM

      I hope you are correct. As a Cards fan I don’t think he is the guy they need. What St. Louis should be looking for is a strong #2, like Lee, not a guy who has injury issues, personality issues, and has won one more game than he has lost, sporting a lifetime, good but not great 3.80 ERA, cannot throw to first base, cannot hit, and doesn’t inspire the confidence one needs in the post season. Plus he is a dick.

      • madhouseonmadison - Jul 15, 2013 at 4:04 PM

        So let’s tell the real story….

        – Garza is a very strong #2 pitcher

        – He had a 3.80 ERA playing most of his career in the American League in one of the best – if not the best – divisions in baseball

        – Injury issues? He had missed one start his entire career before his issue at the end of last season. Note: The plural indicates he has a history of injuries.

        – Personality issue? Huh?

        – “Inspire the confidence one needs in the post season” Yes that ALCS MVP thing is HORRIBLE

        – Seeing that the Blue Jays and Rangers are considered the favs.. hitting is a very important aspect of those teams getting Garza via trade

        Just an idea: Stick to spraying that potato gun and heading into woods and doing something you’re good at doing. Analyzing a baseball player obviously isn’t one of your strong suits.

      • spudchukar - Jul 15, 2013 at 5:13 PM

        Just saying Garza is very strong #2 pitcher, doesn’t make him one.

        He has pitched 592.1 in the AL East, 505.2 out side it, hardly most, more yes, most no.

        His injury issue is debatable. Yes he was a workhorse for a 4 year stretch. But he only pitched 103.2 last year, 71 so far in 2013. The injury he just got over was a re-occurring one making it both plural and troubling.

        If you aren’t aware of his difficulties with teammates and management, you haven’t been paying very close attention the past few years. For someone so “talented” this will be his 4th team; there is a reason.

        Reading comprehension must be an elective in the madhouse. The comment specifically indicated his worth the St. Louis, where he would certainly have to hit.

        He also sports a sub-.900 lifetime fielding average. Which is HORRIBLE.

        The Rays are my second favorite team, and I have tried to watch them as much as possible, and I was thrilled by the trade they made with Chicago.

        Granted he pitched very well vs Boston in 2008, but failed miserably against the White Sox and Phillies in the same year. To his credit he rebounded nicely vs Texas in 2011.

        Which brings me to the prevailing attitude regarding Garza. When things are going well for him he can be tough, but often he lets his emotions get the best of him and he can implode. Whether it be umpire calls, teammate errors, or lucky hits by the opposition.

        He currently makes $10.25 mil this year, and will be a Free Agent in 2014, and will be seeking a heavy payday, with no draft pick compensation for the signing team. Making him nothing but a rental for a team like St. Louis, with their plethora of young pitching talent.

        St. Louis would have to offer up one or possibly two A prospects, for a 2 month rental for a guy who isn’t a particularly great upgrade over what they currently have. He isn’t worth it.

        I have never owned a gun.

      • spudchukar - Jul 16, 2013 at 2:39 PM

        Via,, “A handful of executives who spoke to Kaplan ( consider Garza a strong #3 starter”. Which is about right.

        I guess I could always get a job with one of those execs, while you madhouseonmadison are stuck blogging inanities.

  3. whereyaat - Jul 15, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    ESPN is also interested in him, they’re hoping he can throw Bill Simmons a clue.

  4. steelers88 - Jul 15, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    Pirates won’t give up the top prospects that they would have to get Garza. I think the Pirates could get Bud Norris at a lower price.

  5. sdeberg - Jul 16, 2013 at 2:49 AM

    And heaven forbid the Cubs actually hold on to him and build around him. He’s all of 29, for God’s sake. I don’t understand why the Cubs would get rid of him…except of course they’re the Cubs. So why should I be surprised? Get rid of the talent, watch them excel elsewhere, and expect those of us “locals” to keep paying to see a losing team. Go Brewers!

    • spudchukar - Jul 16, 2013 at 12:03 PM

      Expect us “locals” to keep paying. Uh yeah, been doin’ that for a while now. I understand the sentiment, but with the pitching market so lean, and Garza a hot item, probably an optimal time to move him. Now who they receive and how much of a positive impact they can make will depend how wise they are in the trade.

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