Cubs Open For Business On Matt Garza

Teams have a clear belief that the Cubs are open for business on starter Matt Garza, tweets ESPN's Buster Olney.  Some teams expect Garza to be dealt this winter.  Earlier this month, USA Today's Bob Nightengale wrote that the Cubs are willing to listen on everyone.

Garza, 28, moved to the National League this year and posted career-bests with a 3.32 ERA and 197 strikeouts.  He's under team control for 2012 and '13, and MLBTR projects a salary around $8.7MM for '12.

The Yankees, Red Sox, and Blue Jays, three of teams that had no access to acquiring Garza when he pitched for the Rays in the AL East, figure to inquire with Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer this winter.  The Rangers, Rockies, Marlins, Angels, Nationals, Reds, and Dodgers could be other interested parties, and the Twins certainly know Garza well having drafted him in '05.  

What will it take to acquire Garza?  The Cubs' farm system is light on top-shelf young pitching, based on rankings from Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus.  With Manny Banuelos, Dellin Betances, and Martin Perez, the Yankees and Rangers' top arms could be of particular interest to the Cubs.

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2 Comments on "Cubs Open For Business On Matt Garza"

3 years 9 months ago

If I was the Cubs..GM I would look into asking the Atlanta Braves about Prado or Conrad Brooks …they both can play 1st or 3rd..I believe a deal could get done with Prado How bout Gaza/Pena  4  Prado/Freeman remember the Braves lost Hudson due to a back injury it make sense or just a Prado 4 Garza would  help both teams…they both want 2 trade why not a even trade 4 both teams…it’s better then alot of other peoples deals on here…I really don’t think the Brave would Trade Freeman however..Yes the Cubs are trying 2 land Puhols’s but really giving up all that money 4 one player with all the Cubs problems filling in positions & needs in the Farm system…I don’t think they could or will do that…Fielder however makes sense..but unlikely as well…anything can happen…   

3 years 9 months ago

Where do you get this from?  From everything I have read and heard,  Garza’s value has either went up or remained the same since he was traded to the Cubs and that they should expect equal to or more than they gave up should they trade him.