Matt Garza Talks Heating Up

5:12pm: The Cubs and Blue Jays continue to discuss a Garza deal, Jim Bowden of MLB Network Radio and tweets.  The Cubs seem to be prioritizing young starting pitching in talks about Garza, tweets Jon Heyman of One executive told Heyman that the Yankees and Blue Jays have what it takes to acquire Garza.

12:53pm: Trade talks for Cubs starter Matt Garza are heating up, writes David Kaplan of Comcast Sportsnet Chicago.  Kaplan says the Blue Jays, Yankees, and Red Sox are involved, but the Cubs' asking price is "incredibly high."

Yesterday, MLBTR's Ben Nicholson-Smith took an in-depth look at Garza's contract situation; he's under team control through 2013.  Cubs president Theo Epstein said on Friday that Garza is "exactly type of pitcher we want to build around," but he'll listen on everybody.  So far this winter trade values have been established for Gio Gonzalez, Mat Latos, and Trevor Cahill, but all of them came with at least four years of team control.

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  1. Guest 4 years ago

    Theo is going to lower the boom on somebody….

  2. The_BiRDS 4 years ago

    Kaplan says the Blue Jays, Yankees, and Red Sox are involved, but the Cubs’ asking price is outrageous and Theo must be “incredibly high.”

    • Guest 4 years ago

      thats pitching now…like i said before what Gm’s are willing to pay for pitching right now makes me think everyone is high!!!

      • Jimmy McMillan (Founder of the Rent is Too Damn High Party) is going to get involved and fix Theo’s Wagon!

        The Cubs didn’t give up that much for Garza really, so why is Theo thinking he’s going to get some “Princely” Sum here.

        All GM’s tell Theo: You’ll get Nothing and Like It!

        The Heck with Him!

        • Rangersfan32 4 years ago

          Didn’t the cubs give the rays what are now 3 of their top 5 prospects?

          • Patrick Beliveau 4 years ago

            Lee is the only person of significance the Cubs gave up… Archer is ranked all over the place ,as high as 3 on BA, as low as 11 by Sickles… Guyer is #7 according to Sickles, BA doesnt have him top 10… big jumps in those last 2 to accurately say they are top 5 prospects… as i said before, the only thing Chicago gave up thats worth a damn is Lee…

          • But, at the time, Archer was the Cubs #1, Lee was #4, Guyer was #10, and the catcher (whose name I am forgetting) was like #14 and rising fast cause he hit like crazy that year at AAA.  Fuld was interesting cause he was willing to run into walls & play like his life depended on it.  So now you want to say only Lee was worth a damn, but that’s bull, you can’t have it both ways.  Prospects in these trades are expected have to be high on the lists, but then when the prospects don’t work out it was a crap deal.  Spoken like a fan.  The Cubs will get a little less for Garza than the Latos/Gonzalez deals though Theo is probably starting there.  Will be more like the Cahill deal.  Here’s what I think: Jays give up Marsinak, Thames, Alvarez, maybe a A-baller pitcher.  Might be too much though.  But I think it’s the Yankees who are the team who are going to deal.  They don’t want to pay Kuroda 12 mil to find out he can’t hack it in the AL East.  Garza is their second choice to Danks who the White Sox most likely blew any chance of dealing him by asking for the moon.  Yankees give up: one of Banuelos or Betances, that OF Williams, and two of Warren, Phelps, Noesi.  Or if it were me, I’d just take Williams & the final 3 pitchers & leave out Banuelos & Betances.  Those three pitchers are ready to go ML starters in my opinion, and then Theo could dump all the former Cubs crap starters like Wells, Dempster, Zambrano, for whatever, and leave the younger arms, like Carpenter, Cashner, Samarzja in the pen to continue to develop.  Williams if he keep progressing will arrive the same time as that new 2b Torreyes and the Cubs own OF Szcuzr in 2014 or so.  I think Theor wants a little for now, and a little for later.  Look sat the Reds trade.

          • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

            ankees give up: one of Banuelos or Betances, that OF Williams, and two of Warren, Phelps, Noesi.  Or if it were me, I’d just take Williams & the final 3 pitchers & leave out Banuelos & Betances”.

            Wow….a reasonable trade scenario?

            I think Betances +Williams +Warren is a very fair deal. If you wanted to switch out and make it Williams + Warren + Noesi + 2 of someone like Davis Adams/David Phelps/JR Murphy then they would definitely do it as well. I think they would be hesitant in including any more than 3 pitchers in a deal though just for depth purposes.

          • I think the Yankees would offer the best talent.  They also have that Yankees mentality that they are a World Series team every year and need to gather talent aggressively.  They are also a little weird about their own players.  They value them when trading them, but using them for themselves is sometimes a different matter.  I think a scenario with Williams, then the crew of pitchers, Warren, Phelps, and Noesi would be a good deal.  The problem is in the perception.  It would look like Theo didn’t get a sure fire top talent to the fans & some media.  In my opinion, getting three guys who have been top 15 ranked for years (Noesi, Warren, Phelps) as they have moved through the system and are ready to pitch in the majors right now, & gambling on a low A ball OF who already has the OBP Theo loves & bats lefty is a great useful deal. It’s a trade with great odds of being successful for the Cubs.  And the Yankees get a AL East tested, solid #2 starting pitcher on the cheap right now with two controlled years & no history of injury who would surely sign up for more years in the pinstripes.  Then again, Theo will probably deal Garza to the Jays…

          • Agree for the most part. IMO Garza will go to whoever has the most MLB ready pitching.  I don’t think it makes sense for the Cubs to deal Dempster or Zambrano b/c (1) their value is so low right now; (2) they desperately need pitching; (3) they will be FAs next year, so the dead wood comes off.

            The Cubs can’t stop with Garza they also have to deal Soto and Marmol.  If Bailey has as much value as he apparently does, Marmol may bring in a nice catch.

          • sjd1982 4 years ago

            David Wright, Dillon Gee, Josh Thole,Bobby Parnell and a prospect for Matt Garza, Geovanny Soto and Carlos Marmol

          • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

            Wright would make no sense for the same reason that Garza doesn’t. He earns a lof and they aren’t ready to compete right now. They need young and cheep talent that can develop and grow together and once they become competitive then spend on FA’s and star players via trades.

          • No it would take the Mets’ whole farm to get those 3

          • Oh that will fix the Mets right up! Marmol for Wright!
            I realize more is involved, but if I were a Mets fan and we got Marmol and the Cubs got Wright. Mets fans would be outside Alderson’s Office with Pitch Forks and Torches!

          • chico65 4 years ago

            You’re going to get yourself banned posting the same crap repeatedly…

          • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

            Why wouldn’t it make sense to deal Dempster or Z? Demp can probably get you a borderline top 100 prospect. A good scout can still find great prospects not on a top 100 list. Z just needs to go and if they can save some money then do it.

          • Think my comment didn’t post. Basically I said if you deal Dempster or Z, yeah you may get something back…something. But then who pitches?  Before Wood they had a 3 pitcher rotation with Dempster, Zambrano, Garza. If they deal Garza the Demps and Z and Wood, which is inadequate for a MLB team

          • Mistyped- if you deal Garza they only have dempster, Z, and wood. Good luck filling those holes.

          • Are they that high?
            I just looked it up

            Two players are over 25
            While I like Sam Fuld, he’s ok and probable not a prospect.
            Lee looks like a player and maybe the other player traded (a pitcher)

            I don’t know what Theo can expect here.
            Plus, if he trades Garza, who’s left in the rotation, besides Zambrano?

          • It doesn’t really matter what the Cubs gave up. They gave up quite a few players they probably wish they could have back. Even if they’re not star prospects, they are all useful players, incl. Guyer and probably Chirinos.

            But yeah remember the Mariners gave up less when they got Cliff Lee than when they traded him 6 mos. later?  So it’s a whole new ballgame.

          • BlueCatuli 4 years ago

            2 of the Rays top 5…

          • asovermann 4 years ago

            Hak-Ju Lee is good and thats
            about it. Brandon Guyer? Was only decent in the minors, 25 yr old 4th or 5th Outfeilder.
            Chris Archer? Had a 130:86 K:BB last year, not very good. Robinson
            Chirinos? 27 year old backup catcher who hit .259 in AAA last year. Sam
            Fuld? Very good defensivly, but he hit .240 for the Rays. The Cubs made
            out great in that deal. It was essentially Lee for Garza.  Guys like Guyer, Chirinos and Fuld were all expendalble because they didnt have much of a future with the Cubs since they have some good OF and C prospects still in the minors ala Matt Sczcur and Wellington Castillo.

          • No that’s just wrong.  Guyer was ranked 10th for the Cubs and Sczuzr hadn’t even played yet or had less than 100 at bats in that first quarter season.  Chirinos was a hot catching prospect at the time, didn’t do so hot last year.  Archer was a top flight pitching prospect.  Lee was thought to be excellent, but his hitting at higher levels was questioned.  Lee is proving himself, the rest, like most prospects, fell off.  Archer now is said to be a possible future closer for the Rays.  You’re looking at the trade after the fact, a year later.  When it was made, it seemed to everyone that the Cubs gave up a ton.  Don’t rewrite history now that the trade didn’t work out like the way many thought it would..

        • unamaka 4 years ago

          It doesn’t matter who they gave up when they got him…it matters how well he performed last season and how clubs expect him to perform in the future.

        • unamaka 4 years ago

          It doesn’t who the Cubs gave up to get him…what matters is his production from this past season and how well clubs expect him to produce in the future.

        • Guest 4 years ago

          and on the seventh day they said….Amen

    • Hey The_BiRDS, I sure your aware of if Your team has what others want,why not ask for the Moon! If you don’t get someone to give you what you want ,you have 2 choices,go to someone else or Keep him ,If the Cubs could scored runnd for him he would have been a-Lot better off ,record wise,now that said ,if I was Garza <I'd Pray for a trade,since Theos "Rebuilding,Looks like SWISS Cheese @ best,Right now,with ,rejects & players just off injury,don't apear Garza will get any better run support for himself next year if he is still there!   So If I was Garza,I'd Diffently Pray for a trade!! A Die Hard Cub Fan,being REALISTIC!!!!

  3. joeybw 4 years ago

    Is it me or is it weird that Theo is talking trade with the Sox and Yanks?

    • Joey E 4 years ago

      why is it weird?

      Theo knows the Sox system and the Sox need pitching
      the Yankees could use a starter, and have the pieces to get a deal done

      • NorthSideIrish 4 years ago

        It’s probably a little weird to Theo that he’s finally allowed to talk to the Yankees…he’s never really been gotten to do that before.

        • chico65 4 years ago

          Hopefully he gets Banuelos, Betances, and more from the Yanks.  I could live with a gutting of their system for Garza.  His spitting doesn’t scare me.

          • Vmmercan 4 years ago

            Cashman can’t live with that so keep dreaming.

          • chico65 4 years ago

            I’m counting on Hal getting involved.  He was saying he still wasn’t satisfied with the rotation after CC signed.

          • McYankee84 4 years ago

            don’t think they would even give up both the B’s for an Ace… which Garza isn’t

          • nictonjr 4 years ago

             It would be Banuelos.  Betances is back to walking the park…

          • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

            Still a top 30 prospect for a reason (see the low hits/9 and k/9). 

          • slider32 4 years ago

            The key with Garza is that he only has 2 years of control so they will only get half the package that Gio and Latos were worth.

          • slider32 4 years ago

            The key with Garza is that he only has 2 years of control so they will only get half the package that Gio and Latos were worth.

          • levendis 4 years ago

            keep hoping. That package would be made for one man, King Felix. Garza, in my eyes, is a solid #3, then again what do I know

          • Guest 4 years ago

            c.c. and garza would be a very nice 1-2….the yanks would have the best 1-2 in the division{except for maybe devil rays} and boston fans can argue the “chicken bucket boys” all they want but it would be a losing feat……i nominate Robert Andino as mayor of boston

          • levendis 4 years ago

            Garza is nice, but I wouldn’t trade one of the Bs for him. I think Hector Noesi can do more than hold his own as a starter. I don’t see Garza as a legitimate #2. Price, Shields/ Beckett, Lester is a way better 1,2 punch than CC, Garza. Garza is probably the Rays 4th starter, just shows that hes not a #2

          • Guest 4 years ago

            i think you may be are underestimating garza a little bit…what im getting at is consistancy…..i think cc/garza would be more of a consistant 1-2….beckett/lester ….you really don’t know….they are kind of odd..its almost like they are awesome and ummmmwtf????? all in the same paragraph

          • Not much apperantly

          • levendis 4 years ago

            i hope Alex the great gives up the farm to land this guy, hes solid but nothing spectacular, well considering what Theo is going to demand.

          • Not much apperantly

    • disgustedcubfan 4 years ago

      Not weird, it’s smart. Two teams that can afford prospects and need starting pitching.
      Theo talking to both teams would hopefully drive up the price.  
      The only thing that feels weird is having a Cubs GM who has a plan of how to build a winning team.

    • slider32 4 years ago

      It makes sense to me, they have the best prospects and are looking for a pitcher like Garza.

    • slider32 4 years ago

      It makes sense to me, they have the best prospects and are looking for a pitcher like Garza.

  4. So….. think that Garza could bring us 2 MLB ready players and also prospects?  I’m thinking something like Garza and Brett Jackson for Ellsbury, Daniel Bard, Connor Jackson and a PTBNL?

    • bigpat 4 years ago

       Keep dreaming…

    • catch21_2 4 years ago

      I’m sorry, but Garza is NOT an ace.  He shouldn’t, and won’t, bring anything similar to what you would get for a true ace.

      • BlueCatuli 4 years ago

        I don’t disagree with your assessment of Garza, but if you don’t think the Cubs are going to get a haul of at least two top ten prospects plus other players you are delusional. The Cubs don’t have to trade him. Either the Cubs make someone over pay or they extend him. They have all the leverage to to start a bidding war between interested teams.

        • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

          Who says Garza WANTS an extension, especially if Theo has made it clear he is in rebuild mode and will be trading off assetts? Why would Garza want to stay around for that?

          let’s be CLEAR. All this talk about Theo wanting to build around a guy like Garza is just talk. Theo has a gameplan to rebuild and he knows that the fastest way to do so is to use his best trade piece to get some impact type prospects. Certainly doesn’t mean he will be able to rob a team but he knows, at minimum, he’ll get a good return. It would make ZERO sense for them to extend Garza because they are at least 3 or 4 years away from being contenders and I don’t see them offering Garza more than a 4 or 5 year deal. What would be the point?

          • BlueCatuli 4 years ago

            Any reports to the contrary?

          • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

            No reports…just common sense and history.

          • Hawkguy 4 years ago

            Some in the Chicago media feel by 2014 with the new playoff system in place the Cubs will be competitive enough to have a solid shot at the postseason. That’s less than 3 years from now.

          • MB923 4 years ago

            I thought the new playoff system was going to take place no later than 2013

          • Hawkguy 4 years ago

            Yeah you’re right.

    • joeybw 4 years ago

      Dude, you trade with the Sox, you demand Middlebrooks is in the deal and they will never trade Ellsbury.

    • The_BiRDS 4 years ago

      HAHAHA you couldnt get Ellsbury for Garza straight up .. I want to be in you Fantasy League

    • aricollins 4 years ago

      Most fan trade ideas make no sense for one team or another. Congratulations: your trade makes no sense for EITHER team.

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    • chico65 4 years ago

      I just literally fell out of my chair laughing

      • cubsfanraysaddict 4 years ago

        Theo to Ben Cherrington, “That deal is okay, but if you threw in Conor Jackson that might just put it over the top for us”

      • The_BiRDS 4 years ago

        Did people at work realize you’re not getting anything done today.. because there is nothing funny about work.

        • chico65 4 years ago

          I did get a strange look from one woman walking down the hall

    • Oilcanoworms 4 years ago

      no thank you. I like Garza, but would not give up Ellsbury.

      • nictonjr 4 years ago

        Ellsbury’s next contract:  over Crawford’s deal???

        • MaineSox 4 years ago

           Depends on what he does between now and then

          • chico65 4 years ago

            He hits another 30+ and keeps around his usual .300 and 40-50 steals and we’re screwed (I’ll gladly take it though).

            I hear Boras is referring to Jacoby as his “retirement villa”.

          • MaineSox 4 years ago

            It wouldn’t surprise me if that were the truth when you’re talking about Boras…

            If he hits 9 and has < .360 OBPs again he probably gets extended for just a moderate amount of money.

          • slider32 4 years ago

            You guys were saying the same thing about Lowrie last year.

          • MaineSox 4 years ago

             OK?  I don’t even know what you’re trying to imply.  What ellsbury gets paid does depend on what he does between now and when he hits free agency…

        • slider32 4 years ago

          No way, he’s only had one good year and was injury prone up until last year. The Sox were thinking of trading him last year.

          • MaineSox 4 years ago

             He was injured and missed significant time once, and the Sox have said all along that weren’t going to trade it him, it was fans who wanted them to trade him.

            But I’ve told you all this before, so I don’t expect it to make any difference to you.

    • MetsMagic 4 years ago

      The Cubs don’t have anyone or anything that the Red Sox would be interested in trading Ellsbury (who lead baseball in WAR) for, and you offer Garza? lol 

    • Zac Ratliff 4 years ago

      I ought to slap you for suggesting such blasphemy.

      • nictonjr 4 years ago

        Ellsbury’s great.  And his contract will soon match that greatness.  The Red Sox could have the most expensive OF without having a RF…

        • MaineSox 4 years ago

           The Red Sox aren’t a team to trade away a star player because he’s going to get expensive…

        • slider32 4 years ago

          Ellsbury could be another Sizemore.

          • MetsMagic 4 years ago

            The Grady Sizemore who was possibly the best centerfielder in baseball, who put up 30.3 WAR from 2004-2009? I’d be THRILLED if I was a Red Sox fan. 

    • MetsEventually 4 years ago

      Doubt the Cubs would give up Brett Jackson since they officially announced a rebuild. 

      • Plus, I think the Cubs value him much more than other clubs.  We’d be lucky to get Rizzo of the Padres for him.  Actually, i don’t think the Padres would even do that.

  5. Is this even news? Anyone can create a rumour with the Jays, Sox and Yanks involved. In fact, it happens on a regular basis. 

    I’ll believe it when I see it but to me he’s a high end #3 on a solid staff so I’m not sure what all the fuss is about.

    • East Coast Bias 4 years ago

      He’d be a number solid 2 on the Yanks or Jays. That may drive up his value to the Cubs..

      • Philip Marlowe 4 years ago

        I think he’s probably #2 on the Sox too. Lester is their #1, but Buchholz and Garza are pretty much on equal footing.

        • No way.  Garza on equal footing with Buchholz, no way.  Injuries & successful seasons.  Look it up.  Garza is way more dependable.  Maybe 3 years from now you could say that but not now.

    • If we didn’t think the info was legit, we wouldn’t post it.

      • jammin502 4 years ago

        Hey Tim, any idea of what names are being thrown around by these teams?

    • BlueCatuli 4 years ago

      Your assessment is just plain wrong.

  6. Cashman and Epstein can work it out since they are in opposite leagues now, not competing in same divison.

  7. joeybw 4 years ago

    Rays should offer the package they got for Garza back to Cubs except for Lee and go with a 9 man rotation!

    • WrigleyTerror37 4 years ago

      Lee is the only player i miss from the original Garza deal.

  8. I honestly don’t think we would have the pieces to get a deal done.  The cubs could use a lot really, but I have no idea what their “sweet spot” is in terms of prospects they are looking at.  Surely a high upside starter like Banuelos or Betances would be top of the list.  They would want Montero of course for a high impact bat and maybe a couple of lower-level prospects with high ceilings.  Bah…trade talks make my head hurt :(.

    • Philip Marlowe 4 years ago

      Can Montero play 1B? I could see a package centered around him coming back in a Garza deal.

      • I don’t know if he can now.  Could he learn?  Perhaps, but I honestly don’t see them dealing him as his bat this year is an important piece for us.  I was thinking more of a deal centering around Betances with other young prospects like Mason Williams, Hector Noesi and Austin Romine.  But that might not be enough.

    • slider32 4 years ago

      The Yanks have more than enough to get Garza, the problem is he’s over priced right now. Garza is worth 2 B and 1 C prospect. He is only under control for 2 years. Theo knows if he doesn’t get a good package for him now he won’t be able to trade him next year. If he doesn’t get the package he wants then he will try to resign him like the Sox did with Danks.

  9. tfsmag 4 years ago

    The cubs don’t have to unload Garza, they can afford to extend him several years if  they want. This isn’t a situation where a small market team has to dump one of their star players because they need to free up payroll. Cubs have all the leverage in these talks. Garza would be a solid number 2 on any contending team, and a solid number 1 on a non-contending team.

    They should ask for the moon in exchange for Garza. If nobody bites, the cubs extend him and build the team around him going forward.

  10. The_Icon_The_Showstoppa 4 years ago

    No way Theo deals him to Yanks.

  11. perrybr 4 years ago

    This so smart, talk to three of the AL East teams and make them bid against each other.  This is the only way you will get above and beyond what Garza is worth.  Someone is going to overpay and overpay big.

    • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

      No. I doubt it goes anywhere. Garza is NOT the kind of pitcher that the Yanks or Sox are going to empty the farm for regardless of who else is involved. This is NOT Roy Halladay here.

      • nictonjr 4 years ago

        Exactly.  Halladay wanted to go to Philly and nowhere else.  Auction bidding is a wonderful thing.   Doesn’t matter what the other deals were, Tor traded Brett Wallace for Gose and some think he’s a big trade chip now, it matters what the 2nd best offer is…

    • blueandwhite89 4 years ago

      Those GM’s are too smart for that. Maybe Boston’s new GM (only because he’s an unknown), but I can’t see the Yanks and Jays falling into that trap.

  12. joeybw 4 years ago

    I’m a Rays fan, I saw a whole lot of Garza. He was a Red Sox killer but he was bad in Yankee Stadium so even if he makes 6 starts against Boston a year which he probably wouldn’t, he’s a better fit for the Red Sox than Yankees. He’s a little too HR prone for Yankee Stadium.

    • BlueCatuli 4 years ago

      Ground ball rate shot up last year. He’s not a fly all pitcher any more.

    • Vmmercan 4 years ago

      The Yankees’ lineup kills him so he’s a good fit for the Red Sox? I agree.

    • BDLugz 4 years ago

      He changed his pitch selection and relies MUCH more on his breaking pitches than his fastball now.  He raised his GB% considerably and is much less homer prone because of it.

  13. start_wearing_purple 4 years ago

    I have to wonder if the Sox could use part of the theoretical Theo compensation in a deal for Garza. And no, I’m not saying “Garza for Theo.” These trades are usually a couple of solid prospects along with one or more sleeper prospects. Instead of the sleeper prospect the trade from the Sox could be prospects plus Theo.

    Also I’d say the Cubs are about 3 years away from being serious competitors, maybe 2 if Theo gets all the right breaks. Boston’s best potential is in the lower levels so maybe a guy like Bogaerts who is 2-3 years away could be a piece to land Garza.

    • MaineSox 4 years ago

      I’m nearly certain Bogaerts’ name would come up at some point (probably one of the first names mentioned), but I’d rather get a pitcher not named Garza and keep Bogaerts if he is a sticking point, even if this other (hypothetical) pitcher isn’t as good as Garza.

      I’ve also thought about the idea of adding the Theo compensation to a Garza trade, but while it seems like a good idea in theory I’m not sure how well it would work in practice.  They would almost have to agree to a trade in theory and then decide which players would be taken out of the trade and replaced by the Theo compensation.

      • notsureifsrs 4 years ago

        bogaerts in a garza deal would be a catastrophe

        • melonis_rex 4 years ago


          If the Sox were planning to trade Bogaerts, they should’ve gone after Latos or Gio. 

          • MaineSox 4 years ago

             I wouldn’t send Bogaerts in a Gio deal either; Latos, maybe.

  14. aricollins 4 years ago

    The Sox have good prospect depth (if no real slam-dunk blue-chipper), but most of it is on the left side of the infield, where they’ll need the help pretty soon. Not sure they match up well on Garza, though the fact that he’s in arb means a lower AAV, giving them an advantage as they try to limit their luxury tax spending.

    I can imagine something like Lavarnway and Renaudo possibly getting it done, depending on what the Cubs think of the former’s defense, but Boston might have to instead replace Lavarnway with Bogaerts, loathe as they might be to do so.

    • BDLugz 4 years ago

      For me it starts and ends with Bogaerts from the Sox.  They are really lacking at pitching depth where the Cubs need help, and I’d expect more in position players to make up for that.

      • commenter3346 4 years ago

        Ahahhaha. Bogaerts in a deal for Matt Garza?

        • BDLugz 4 years ago

          Since the Tigers are saying Turner is available for Garza, you bet.  If you aren’t giving up Bogaerts +, then there’s no point in talking.  I’m not saying it’s fair, but the market dictates value, not you or me.

          • commenter3346 4 years ago

            Ah yeah, I highly, highly, highly doubt they trade one of their best prospects (arguably their best according to some people) with probably the most upside of anyone in that system for 2 years of a #2 pitcher

          • BDLugz 4 years ago

            That’s fine, then they simply don’t get Garza.  See how this works?  Turner is probably a top 20 prospect this year, give or take – higher ranked than Bogaerts on most every list I’ve seen.  He’s available for Garza.

          • commenter3346 4 years ago


            I don’t want them to trade for Garza in the first place. I surely don’t want them to overpay for him either. 

          • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

            Bogaerts and Gary Sanchez are both similar players except for their positions. Same age, same level and similar offensive numbers during their 1st taste of the Sally league. Should be interesting to see what happens.

          • notsureifsrs 4 years ago

            that’s a good point, especially in light of what i just said about sanchez

            the biggest difference is that while both may move off premium positions, one moves to 3B and the other to 1B. that’s significant

          • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

            yes, but I’ve heard that Sanchez has a very high chance of sticking at C. Words not said about Montero from the beginning.

          • notsureifsrs 4 years ago

            interesting. i remember reading that a scout said he thought sanchez was worse defensively than montero. gonna have to look for that

  15. I have a hard time believing that the Jays have much interest in Garza for the price.  AA and the Jays have a policy to go after players who are under control to the team for a good period of time.  Since next season is 12 and Garza is under control to the far off date of 13 it seems very unlikely that AA would want him unless the price was much lower.  The Jays aren’t close enough to give up quality young arms for a year or two!

    • Bombastic_Dave 4 years ago

      Absolutely.  Unless someone in the Jays system believes that Garza’s sustainable and willing to extend on a team-friendly salary, there’s pretty much no chance he’ll become a Jay.

      But even the suggestion of a Blue Jay “big player” is something to be excited about, despite the low likelihood.  It would be cool to have Garza in the rotation…

      • blueandwhite89 4 years ago

        Oh he would have to sign a long term deal. No GM in the game will trade for him without it. He’s a FA in 2014. I agree, probably not likely for Toronto.

    • johnsmith4 4 years ago

      I see AA being interested in Garza for the “right price”. He won’t worry about extending Garza because of the draft picks he will receive as compensation and the replacements he has in the prospect funnel.

      However, I doubt AA parts with any prospect not on the 40-man roster to acquire Garza. That leaves D’Arnaud (most unlikely), Snider, Drabek, Thames, Cooper, Carreno, Beck, Sierra, McDade, & Hechaverria.

      It will come down to how badly Cubs want to shed Garza’s salary.

  16. Sully65 4 years ago

    At the current rate being returned for cost effective pitching in MLB, the Sox are foolish not to dangle Lester and/or Bucholz and do their own 4 for 1 trade. I mean seriously if guys like Latos and Gio, who are good but very unproven, get what they have gotten what would proven guys like Lester and Buch bring back.

    • Vmmercan 4 years ago

      So they can what? Try to get an ace back for Lester? They have no issues to address in the lineup requiring something so drastic, and you wouldn’t give up an ace for a closer, so why would the Sox benefit from dangling Lester?

      • Sully65 4 years ago

        I said or Bucholz. Deals all being the same the Sox would look a whole lot better with either of hauls the A’s or Padres just got in their deals.

        • Vmmercan 4 years ago

          I disagree. The Sox commit over 160 million dollars to winning now. They are not the A’s or Padres. Would it be nice to give a shot in the arm to the farm so they will be good five years from now? Of course, but unlike the A’s and Padres, them, and their fans, have a ton committed to winning now. Teams in win-now mode don’t trade guys they consider front-end pitchers in the rotation. That’s literally the only strength to the entire Sox pitching staff. They have no legitimate closer, no proven middle relief in the east except Bard and Aceves, and no back-end of the rotation, and none of those things are what you trade a guy like Buchholz for.

          So would it be for offense? Because they’re long-term at first, second, left, they have prospects for right and they’re not replacing CF. I just don’t see a point to be honest, unless you just feel the Sox should rebuild or Buchholz isn’t that good because, this would be a rebuilding move.

    • chico65 4 years ago

      You sure you aren’t a Yanks fan trolling?

      • Sully65 4 years ago

        Jon Lester is great and has a ton of heart but this will be the third year he is being asked to become the ace of this staff, he has yet to take that step and even regressed last season. Jon is still a #2 starter and is not an ace. The Sox rotation is led by 3 #2 style pitchers at the front of their rotation they don’t have a true ace.

        • MaineSox 4 years ago

          John Lester has been the 9th pitcher in baseball since ’08 according to fWAR (even including his ‘down’ year this year).  I know fWAR isn’t the be-all-end-all but you don’t put up the kind of numbers that get you into that category by being a “#2 pitcher.”

          • 0bsessions 4 years ago

            Pitchers who produced less WAR than Lester from 2008-2011:

            Jered Weaver
            Clayton Kershaw
            Cole Hamels
            Matt Cain

            Taking out his 2011, which was his worst season by far, the following pitchers produced less WAR than Lester from 2008-2010:

            Dan Haren
            Felix Hernandez
            Adam Wainwright
            The other four I listed above

            Lester is easily one of the top ten pitchers in the MLB, that makes him a #1 by any standard and an ace by most.

          • notsureifsrs 4 years ago

            i don’t think he’s easily top 10. weaver and kershaw for example have leapt forward in the last 2 seasons, so a 4 year review by itself doesn’t tell the story

            lester’s a top starter with an ace pedigree, but 2011 should have the red sox a bit concerned

            his walk-rate the last 2 seasons has jumped a full 2%. that was fine in 2010 while he was striking out a career high, but his Ks and swing-strike% fell off significantly in 2011

            his progression on these fronts was by design, you’ll remember. the sox encouraged him to draw contact and limit walks at the expense of Ks early on. 2009 was the peak of this progression, as his walks were under 3 per 9 and his Ks per 9 were close to 10

            since then, there have been issues. and in 2011 his command completely abandoned him at times

            a healthy and top-form jon lester is the best pitcher the red sox have and is, i would say, a top 10 pitcher. but i think at this point it’s on him to prove again that he deserves to be in that group

        • chico65 4 years ago

          You make no sense.  You say Lester and Buchholz aren’t #1s and imply that is what the Sox need.  And yet you think trading one of them will fill that need (they’ll bring back a #1)?  Now I’m certain you’re a troll. 

        • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

          lester isn’t the superman most Sox fans make him out to be but he most certainly is a true ace. 3 consecutive seasons of 5 WAR or better doesn’t get erased because he had a “below average” year by HIS (or “ace” status). If CC (God forbid) had an off year it wouldn’t erase him as a ace automatically.

          • MaineSox 4 years ago

             It’s weird, but I think there are probably more Sox fans who say that “Lester’s nothing more than a #2; what the Sox need is a real ace!”

            Most of the fans I talk to have said some variation of that at one point or another at least.

          • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

            Yeah, well….varying degrees of being an ace. That’s like saying Jessica Alba isn’t super hot because she’s not better looking than Brooklyn Decker. Halladay might be > Lester but Lester is still > than all but maybe 5-12 pitchers in baseball.

            PS: That’s all argumentative. Please, no bashing about my tastes in women…ugh.

          • MaineSox 4 years ago

             Haha, definitely not; I might prefer Alba, but how can you fault a man for liking Decker?

            And honestly it wouldn’t surprise me if the same people who tell me Lester isn’t an ace are telling you that he’s the best pitcher in the world.  Boston fans are ‘funny’ and when they want to rag on the team, or think the team needs to add someone, Pedro wouldn’t be good enough, but when they are arguing with a fan of another team about who has the better player Wakefield would be right up there with Sabathia.

    • Phillies_Aces35 4 years ago

      Maybe that would make sense if they weren’t one of the best teams in baseball with one of the best farm systems.

    • harmony55 4 years ago

      Mat Latos and Gio Gonzalez are more proven (and younger) than Clay Buchholz, who coming off an injury-shortened season has made more than 16 MLB starts in only one season.

    • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

      How are Latos and Gio any less proven than Buchholz who has had only 1 solid year this far and had a serious enough back problem last year that he missed significant time?

      Also, Sox and Yanks are perennial buyers. We don’t trade young stars for more prospects. What’s the point? It’s about sustaining success and young stars are the best ways to do it. No way would they trade Lester and Buch for unproven prospects.

      The Pads and CUbs on the other hand are rebuilding and thus MUST collect as many prospects as possible and hope they pan out.

    • melonis_rex 4 years ago

      Latos and Gio are unproven? Wut. 

  17. PhnxCrew 4 years ago

    garza to kansas city for yuni b! As fun as it’s gonna be to watch the cubs be the worst team in the Central for a couple years its very scary that they don’t have jim hendry preventing them for being good still.

  18. meanguygary 4 years ago

    The price tags for the Gio’s & Garza’s of the world is preposterous.  Hopefully AA walks away & deals when the market is more favourable. 

  19. meanguygary 4 years ago

    Not in a million are they getting Lawrie for Garza.

    • BlueCatuli 4 years ago

      I’d have to think he and d’Arnaud are off limits.

  20. BillB325 4 years ago

    Agreed, he became more of a even pitcher in the sense of pitch selection since he started using his slider more instead of just reaching back and gunning it in.

  21. Encarnacion's Parrot 4 years ago

    I like Garza, he’s arguably the best available pitcher in terms of tradeability, but he’s nothing more than a #2 pitcher, maybe a #2b. His 2011 season looks like an outlier as it currently stands, thus teams would be paying a premium for something he may not be, which, funny enough, correlates with his move out of the AL East.

    Call me crazy, but I’d rather overpay for a Hamels or a Matt Cain than pay equal value for a Garza.

    • BDLugz 4 years ago

      It’s impossible to call 2011 an outlier because he completely redeveloped how he pitches.  He is much more slider focused than fastball focused now.

      • Encarnacion's Parrot 4 years ago

        I thought people were just boasting that, claiming “I need to watch baseball,” but you sir are correct. It’s still an outlier, but there’s a higher probability that it can be repeated.

        That said, just because “he learned how to pitch” doesn’t make more 5+ WAR seasons absolute. He’s still a #2 pitcher until he does it again in my eyes.

    • Neil Tatro 4 years ago

      you have no idea what youre talking about. it isnt an “outlier” because he’s a totally different pitcher now. He started using his slider a LOT more and its a very effective pitch. he was 14th in MLB in WAR which makes his value huge, even for 2 years. A team like the Sox, Yanks, or Jays can easily extend him also. 5 years, 70 million is a bargain and is all it would take

      • blueandwhite89 4 years ago

        Yeah I’m sure going from the power bats and HR friendly parks of the of the AL East to the lowly NL central had nothing to do with it.

        • Philip Marlowe 4 years ago

          Yeah, because you know, there haven’t been any championship teams in the NL Central in the past couple years. Oh, and the NL Central wasn’t home to several of baseball’s most feared sluggers either. Pujols, Braun, Votto, Fielder… 

          But yeah, the lowly NL Central pales in comparison to the almighty Yankees, who are stuck starting charmers like Eduardo Nunez because their billion-dollar infield can’t seem to stay healthy.

          • blueandwhite89 4 years ago

            He also pitched against the Pirates and Astros a lot.

            The 5 teams in the AL East scored a collective 3900 runs in 2011. The 6 teams in the NL central scored 4097. Thats 780 vs 682 avg runs/season.

            The NL Central is a cakewalk compared to the AL East.

            3 of the top 4 players in HR in MLB hit in the AL East.

            You mock the Yankee’s infield, but that infield (A-Rod, Jeter, Cano, Tiexeira) had 352 RBI.

          • BDLugz 4 years ago

            Genius… except that the AL has 9 batters while the NL has 8.  That means the AL East averaged 86.66 runs per batter while the NL Central averaged 85.25.  You’re right, massive difference there…..

          • blueandwhite89 4 years ago

            Dude, if you want to comment on something, it is generally a good idea to read the entire conversation. You know, to get some background.

            Whether its the DH, or the ballparks, or better players, somehow the AL East piles on many MANY more runs than the NL Central. Which explains why Garza had a better year (than his years in Tampa). Thats what we were talking about.And I don’t agree with the premise that one division has more batters. You face 9 batters in both. The pitchers aren’t as good, true, but not to the extent that they are meaningless. And with the PH and double switch, the pitchers don’t even hit in their slot half the time. You’re 8/9ths math uses warped logic.

          • BDLugz 4 years ago

            Of course it uses warped logic… but not nearly as warped as yours, which was my point.

          • blueandwhite89 4 years ago

            My logic was perfect. A 6 team division has 162 more games, many more innings, at exactly a ratio of 6/5. Using that math to calculate average runs makes perfect sense. It’s only the most common sense thing in the world (especially considering I added the runs of each teams to get those numbers in the first place).

            The fact is, the AL East is a much more offensively powerful, as they average almost 100 runs per year more than the NL Central. It should be no surprise to anyone that garza performed better on the cubs then he did on the Rays.  

      • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

        Saying he threw his slider a LOT more (9% above 2010) is not enough to say he’s a new pitcher and you can’t say with any certainty that he’s arrived yet until he does it in 2012.

        Also, saying that a team like the Yanks or Sox can easily extend him has nothing to do with what they give up to trade for him. If Garza was ALREADY signed for 5 more years at $70 mil then that would be a different story. The Cubs don’t control him for more than 2 years so what the other team does to keep him any longer doesn’t factor into the trade discussion.

        If teams are willing to talk to Garza PRIOR to a trade about an extension then that factors into his DESIRABILITY but not the value the Cubs will get for him.

  22. joeybw 4 years ago

    Ok Cub fans, Garza is very talented but no one is giving you 3 of their top 4 prospects or anything like that

    Red Sox: Ask for Middlebrooks, 1 or 2 above average prospects and 1 or 2 intriguing  projects.
    Yankees: Ask for ONE of their big 3 prospects and build the deal around that guy like with the Sox
    Blue Jays: Same idea with that catcher who I can never remember how to spell his name.

    There will be no Montero/Banuelos and Batences packages or Ellsbury or Lawrie. Garza is good but be reasonable.

    • BDLugz 4 years ago

      Jays aren’t giving up D’Arnaud.  I think Syndergaard is the best prospect you can expect from them, with a few other good names thrown in like McGuire, etc.

  23. jammin502 4 years ago

    I think it is funny with everyone defending their team that Garza could be possibly traded to.  Oh, he is not worth that…  Oh, no way this guy can be included in the deal.  The bottom line is that Garza is going to make any pitching rotation a lot better.  The Blue Jays know it.  The Red Sox know it.  And most certainly the Yankees know it.  On the other side of the coin is that these teams know their competitor gets much better by adding Garza.  The Cubs do not have to trade him, so they have the leverage to create this bidding war.  If they don’t get what they want, then check again in July… or extend him.

    • ukJaysfan 4 years ago

      I think the funnier part is people slobbering all over their prospects rather than use them to acquire an experienced, high-end, durable starter.  I don’t give a hoot which Jays prospects would be included from the farm.  I just don’t want to finish in 4th again.  *sigh*

      • blueandwhite89 4 years ago

        Its many of those prospects that might one day carry the team out of the 4th place well (*might*). But I assure you Garza won’t. Even with him the Jays still have the 4th best pitching in the division.

        • ukJaysfan 4 years ago

          I know Garza won’t put us into playoff contention single handedly, but I’d like the look of Romero/Garza/Morrow/Alvarez+#5.

          • ukJaysfan 4 years ago

            Though truth be told, I’d rather they use the farm system for Pineda, or MadBum…

    • jedicouncil 4 years ago

      you mean july as in when the cubs are officially out of the playoff hunt, other teams can just sign the oswalts, jacksons, etc and not give away a ransom for a number 3 pitcher.  they can improve their rotation and hang onto prospects

      • BDLugz 4 years ago

        In what world do pitchers with a fWAR of 5.0 qualify as a #3?

  24. Neil Tatro 4 years ago

    id bet u anything that if a trade with the yankees happens, montero AND one of those 2 pitchers will be included.

    • Why? Montero isn’t sticking at catcher, he’s never played 1B, and the Cubs are in the National League.

      • baseball52 4 years ago

        I’m a Romine fan. Montero is a great hitter at C but his value at 1B is greatly diminished.

  25. Cubs are asking for something similar to Gonzalez/Latos deal. If it’s not a highway robbery then there isn’t a deal. We’re not trying to get rid of him if you don’t want to pay the price of 2 top prospects plus some mlb ready players then we can easily sign him to an extension. EpsteinHoyer have already said that Garza is the type of player you build around. Whether that’s with prospects in a package or not.

    • nictonjr 4 years ago

      Cubs have 4 shots at trading Garza:  this offseason, 2012 trade deadline, next off season and 2013 trade deadline.  They can wait until they get an offer they’re comfortable, and the other team is a little uncomfortable giving up, getting…

      • slider32 4 years ago

        If the Cubs want to trade Garza the time is now, next year he will become David Wright with only 1 year of control, most teams won’t give you much for him.

  26. MetsEventually 4 years ago

    d’Arnaud Norris and Cecil? 

    • rikersbeard 4 years ago

      I would pass on that if I were the Jays. Garza is good, because he’s no true ace. Jays shouldn’t move d’arnaud for anything less than a legit #1 (or someone controllable that projects as such).

      • Hawkguy 4 years ago

        And I would pass on the Jays completely if  I were the Cubs.

        • Jamie Sayer 4 years ago

          You just wouldn’t want to get Jedi Mind Tricked by AA. D’Arnaud isn’t going to the cubs.

          • Hawkguy 4 years ago

            Exactly since AA is too skilled at this kind  of thing and the Cubs wouldn’t get anything of note, I’d pass and move on to another team.

        • jedicouncil 4 years ago

          the Jays thank you for that lol

    • blueandwhite89 4 years ago

      The Jays aren’t the nationals. They wont go for this type of deal

  27. NYYANKEES 4 years ago

    Yankees not buying it

  28. I realize Garza is not Gio, but I would have to imagine it would take a top #3 prospect, and two of the top #10-#15 to get it done.  I believe Theo would prefer the package was centered around a pitching prospect as well.

    Perhaps the Tigers are a match with Turner?

    • Louis Wills 4 years ago

      Would you do a trade for Banuelos, Mason Williams, Adam Warren and Romine?

      I dont see a need for Montero on a NL Club….

      • As a Cub fan, I would in a heartbeat, but I think that’s a pretty steep price.

        I like Banuelos and Warren though, as the main center pieces, maybe with a Tyler Austin thrown in…

        • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

          I love Warren. He doesn’t have the press like the other guys but I think he’s going to be a big solid 200 IP #3 type. 

          Austin is interesting too but we have to see what he does at the higher levels.  

      • slider32 4 years ago

        – Romine and Betances not Man Ban, Garza is only worth 2 Bs and 1 C.

  29. sjd1982 4 years ago

    What about David Wright, Mike Pelfrey and Josh Thole to the Cubs for Matt Garza, Goevanny Soto and Josh Vitters??? 

  30. BillB325 4 years ago

    I heard via twitter that the Tigers are involved and are willing to trade Turner. If they could get a steal like Turner, Smyly and Paulino the Cubs should take it and run.

  31. sjd1982 4 years ago

    David Wright, Dillon Gee and Josh Thole for Matt Garza and Geovanny Soto

  32. blueandwhite89 4 years ago

    If they want anything close to what the A’s got for Gio then it’s not worth it. I’ve always liked Garza (more than Gio), but….

    Starting pitching has cost teams an arm and a leg this season.

  33. sjd1982 4 years ago

    David Wright, Dillon Gee, Josh Thole and Jeurys Familia for Matt Garza, Geovanny Soto and Josh Vitters

    • Rangersfan32 4 years ago

      You don’t seem to understand that the Cubs are rebuilding and want prospects.

  34.  Epstein will stick it to the Sox every chance he gets.

  35. Yeah but then who would pitch for the Cubs? They have literally no one.  Before Travis Wood, their rotation was 3 pitchers deep w/ Garza, Dempster, and Zabrano.  You deal those 2, you need at least 2 pitchers to replace them with, maybe more. Where are they going to get that pitching?

  36. Red Sox- Lars Anderson, Sean Coyle, and 2 pitchers for Garza
    Blue Jays- Kyle Drabek, and whoever
    Yanks-I have no idea an don’t care

    • Coollet 4 years ago

      Drabek and a bag of pucks?

    • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

      Not sure what’s funnier? Your thinking that Lars Anderson is still a legit prospect or the thought that Lars and Coyle are the headliners and then the famous throwaway’s aka 2 unnamed pitchers for Garza.

    • BDLugz 4 years ago

      Drabek is a mess right now – I’d take about any of their top pitching prospects over him.

  37. BDLugz 4 years ago

    Oswalt hasn’t had as strong of a year as Garza did last year since 2006.  Calling them a similar value is ridiculous.  Oswalt had a fWAR of 2.5 last year and has serious injury concerns.

  38. Mark Osland 4 years ago

    Trade Garza to the Angels for Trumbo (1B) and a couple high ceiling kids. Then, extend Trumbo tho his arb yrs. Done…

    • Red_Line_9 4 years ago

      I’m not sure who the high ceiling players would be.  The Angels lower minors aren’t bulging with talent right now.  They also have a knack for developing undersized middle infielders.  What pitching talent they have had they have dealt in the past few seasons.

    • Wrek305 4 years ago

      Rather help the Rangers out then Anaheim. The Rangers are still a better team.

  39. aaforprimeminister 4 years ago

    As a Jays fan, I would be willing to give up a choice of McGuire/Hutchinson/Marisnick, a choice of Cecil (who may be a lot more successful in the NL)/Wojciechowski/Jenkins, a choice of A.J. Jimenez/C.Perez, and Snider (who needs a new MLB hitting coach and a change of scenery)/Cooper (since we don’t really have room for him and someone else may want to give him a short term trial).  I know some Jays fans will complain that I’m giving up too much, because they love Snider, Hutchinson, and Jimenez, and non-Jays fans will say it’s not enough, because they haven’t heard of some of these guys. 

    From the Cubs perspective, I think this trade would give Theo the young pitchers/assets that he seems to be looking to accumulate.

    From the Jays’ perspective, I like the fact that Garza is a swing and miss pitcher that’s proven in the AL East and would become our de facto number 2 (although I’m biased because I like hard throwers and guys that go challenging hitters, which I remember him doing when he was with the Rays)….and I know that you have to give up something to get a guy like that in return.  Two years of control isn’t that bad especially when he’ll probably net us a pick after that (and to get picks, which AA loves, under the new CBA you have to lose real star players, which is why I think AA will be more open than ever before to trading guys that MAY not fit on his team in exchange for 2 year rentals, or maybe even 1 year rentals that will net him a high pick the following year…hence talk of guys like Carlos Quentin). Furthermore, prospects are just that, prospects, and they can’t be valued under the assumption that all of them will enjoy some sort of success. So when you want to trade prospects for proven talent you’re going to have to give up some considerable POTENTIAL. I personally believe that the league may be starting to overvalue prospects a bit.

    Having said that, I would not be willing to trade guys like Gose, D’Arnaud, Syndergaard, or Sanchez unless it was for a sure fire #1…because despite their high risk, if they do work out, these are the high reward high ceiling guys that we need to be able to hold onto in order to compete in this division  (and I do believe that based on pure tools Gose has a higher ceiling than Marisnick…which of course has been debated by many a Jays fan…personally, I don’t love Marisnick because I’ve watched video of his swing and it reminds me too much of Francoeur)

    Lastly, if a package like that doesn’t get it done, I’m happy to try to sign Oswalt or to stay the course and to see what Drabek/Hutchinson/McGowan can accomplish this year

    • rikersbeard 4 years ago

      too expensive for the Jays. Marisnick, Cecil, Jimenez, and Snider. Yikes. That’s a lot of potential to give up.

    • Coollet 4 years ago

      i agree with most of what you said except Snider, you sell high and thats NOT snider. He’s only 23, lots of upside, he’s usually the type of guy AA goes for.

  40. uww1 4 years ago

    I still think its going to be a 3 way trade with the Padres for Rizzo and Headley.

    • Hawkguy 4 years ago

      So you’re saying the Tigers-Pads-Cubs because the Tigers want Headley.

  41. Kyle Drabek, Daniel Norris, and whoever from their

    • Norris hasn’t even pitched yet and can’t be traded. The Jays do have a lot of pitching prospects in the lower minors so they definitely have what it takes.

    • Hawkguy 4 years ago

      No Kyle Drabek. Please, Theo, NOOOOOOOO!

  42. I’ll say he’s going to the Jays for Marisnick, Syndergaard and Henderson Alvarez.

  43. Shawnthemon 4 years ago

    McGuire, Jiminez, Syndergaard and Jenkins for Garza.

    Might be a bit much, but with the Jays depth in pitching prospects I am ok with the deal. 

    • rikersbeard 4 years ago

      hmmm, both McGuire and Synd. (plus the loss of Molina) would really hurt that depth.

      • Shawnthemon 4 years ago

        Alvarez, Hutchinson, Nicolino, Norris, Cardona, Sanchez, Asher W. is still a lot better than a lot of teams.

        • rikersbeard 4 years ago

          sure, but you figure more than half of them won’t pan out or will be converted to relievers.

    • jedicouncil 4 years ago

      great, i will let AA know its ok now that your blessings to get ripped off are present

  44. Triple Hawpes Brewed 4 years ago

    “One executive told Heyman that the Yankees and Blue Jays have what it takes to acquire Garza.”

    Every team has what it takes, it’s just a matter of if they’re willing to part with it.

    • TheodoreRoosevelt 4 years ago

      I wouldn’t read too much into ol’ Heyman’s tweets. Here, I’ll predict the next one:
      ‘NL scout says that the jays “love” garza. aa reluctant to part with top prospects tho’

    • Hrubes20 4 years ago

      Not really true, as the Cubs are looking for prospects.  The Brewers, for instance, couldn’t put together a good enough package for Garza right now, as neither Bradley nor Jungmann can be dealt yet.

  45. I believe Epstein needs to work out the deal with Boston 

  46. Young pitching? Easy.Mariners send: Pineda to Cubs
    Cubs send: Garza to Jays
    Jays send: Lawrie to Mariners (another toss in if Theo doesn’t bite)

    • kurtits 4 years ago

      Lawrie isn’t getting moved, we have no viable option to play third if he’s gone, it would just create a bigger hole

      • Dylan 4 years ago

        Bautista? TOR has like 9 OF options.

        • kurtits 4 years ago

          true, but he doesn’t really want to play 3rd, i’d rather him in rf anyway

    • Ok. Get back to the drawing board.

      • BooJays33 4 years ago

        haha nice i saw this after i responded to his post.

    • Jamie Sayer 4 years ago

      Lawrie is probably one of the few untouchable pieces on the roster.

    • BooJays33 4 years ago

      what a preposterously egregious what if… mmmmmmayyyyyybe pineda for lawrie as the principles in a deal could be worked out (cant ever see it happening) …but the dilusional assumption that you could swap 2 years of garza for Michael Pineda is …well its just sad brandon.   thats like me saying brett cecil for starlin.  thats like me saying pat tabler for ryne sandberg. 

      sorry to be harsh but wow. back to the drawing board.

      • how is it sad? Pineda is under team control for a long time and he’s affordable. not to mention a borderline future ace. garza’s price is up there so they’d essentially be adding a building block for the future in pineda. Lawrie is a stud at 3b and hate to break it to you but you have to deal talent to get talent. the asking price for garza is nuts but this is an option that gets the conversation started. i’m not saying they couldn’t add pieces but trades start around centerpieces.

        definitely not sad at all…so don’t really know what you’re looking at. 3b would be an easier spot to fill as opposed to a staff ace. don’t try to get all high and mighty because all in all the parameters of this are pretty equal.

  47. As a Mariner fan i would personally love that trade, Lawrie would start at 3rd right away

  48. Gurvir Nijjar 4 years ago

    Drabek and Snider for Garza 

  49. Yankees get Matt Garza. Cubs get Dellin Betances, JR Murphy, Adam Warren, and Graham Stoneburner. I feel like that’s a good trade for both teams.

  50. jedicouncil 4 years ago

    well said Matt, finally some reasonable thoughts.  why trade top prospects for a number 3 starter when you can sign an oswalt or jackson..seriously.  Garza was only 3 games above .500 in his time in the A.L. east.

  51. Relly?…Really? What about the compensation for friggin Theo? Just give us Garza

  52. For everyone saying that Theo is asking too much and that you wouldn’t give top prospects… well it’s not like Theo has to trade him. He is a pitcher that is cheap and successful, if you don’t want to give a lot up, you won’t get him. It’s not going to hurt Theo if he can’t trade him. Theo’s mentality here is.. “The only way to get him is to overpay.” If he doesn’t get what he wants for him… Oh well, I guess Theo is stuck with the Cubs #1 pitcher.

    • TheodoreRoosevelt 4 years ago

      That’s the attitude of every GM who shops a player, but it’s no guarantee that they’ll get what they want. 

      People know that the Cubs are in rebuild mode, so they’d be better off moving him now for maximum return and not having to pick up the salary. And y’know, Garza is a fine player but he’s no Lincecum or Hernandez; the Cubs are due a nice return, but not necessarily “too much”. 

  53. Zachary Mills 4 years ago

    Would love to see the Jays make a run at Garza if the price is not ridiculously high…obviously it will be high, but I think it’s worth it to add a battle tested, AL East proven, 200IP+ guy who can easily be a number 2 starter on most teams. Lock him up for several years and have a rotation of Romero, Garza, Morrow, Alvarez, and someone to round out the rotation like Cecil/Drabek/McGowan (whoever is not traded) or go after a guy like Joe Saunders to finalize the rotation…they’d be NASTY for years and years to come, especially with that lineup. If they could find a way to get Garza and have a 1-2 punch of Romero & Garza with a pretty sparkling rotation 3-5 they’ll be instant contenders. Add another impact bat at some point over the next few years, definitely make sure that pen is solidified…talking World Series contenders.

    • BooJays33 4 years ago

      zach you think joe saunders is in any way shape or form an option!?  way rather throw brett cecil back out there and see what he can do.  why not just bring dana eveland back

  54. Ray 4 years ago

    Hearing the deal would include Marnishick, Drabek, Gose,and McGuire.

    • aaforprimeminister 4 years ago

      too much…I don’t see AA doing Marisnick & Gose, especially after he worked so hard to get Gose…also don’t see AA selling low on Drabek when he has more upside than any of our guys in AA (not counting Alvarez because he’s been up with the big club)

    • BooJays33 4 years ago

      hey ray…i dont know how familiar you are with this farm system or these players but that is an ungodly haul.  you dont get anywhere near that type of talent for 2 years of matt garza.

      your lil birdy is batty.

    • thats 4 top ten prospects. not happening for 2 years of a #2 SP. 

      i would say take one of marisnick or gose, and one of drabek or mcguire. then i think we might have a deal.

  55. Paul_Zuvella 4 years ago

    Just to set the tone for the debate here, Garza is two years away from free agency and is likely going to make $8m in arbitration this year, period! So for all those Cubs fans looking at the farm systems of the Jays, Yankees and/or R-Sox and drooling, think again. The reason guys like Cahill, Gio, and Latos were traded before Garza is they they’re much more attractive pieces from a contract/years of service perspective. I just don’t see the Cubs getting much beyond a single big chip prospect and a couple maybes in return.

    • pedroia15 4 years ago

      This is exactly why I think the Sox will end up with Garza in the end.  Even if the Yankees or Jays offer a great package, the Sox will do what it takes to simply match it or at least “come close.”  The Cubs still owe the Sox compensation for Theo, so trading Garza for his former top prospects would make sense for both sides. 

      The Sox could part with Ranaudo (who probably has Garza potential), Middlebrooks (future solid 3B), and Doubront (rookie to take Garza’s spot in the rotation in 2012.  Even if the Yanks offer Benuelos and Betances, I think the Sox can at least come close enough to get the deal done.

  56. tdot32 4 years ago

    i hope the jays are seriously in this, but the track record with these rumors suggests this is just another hoax

  57. JonJurrjens 4 years ago

    If it’s rumored….Jays most likely aren’t interested. Thanks for crossing him off the list. 

  58. darbycrash 4 years ago

    Guys Theo is just playing jays and yanks. He is just going to see what is the most they will offer then give the sox a chance to match it. He owes the sox Something for himself. Theo will end up with, Reynaldo, Croyle , Wilson and Bogarts. The Cubs will throw in Jackson. Then the sox sign Oswalt. Bard and Aceves go back to pen. This sets up on paper the best staff with only one FA signing. Sure that’s a load for Garza, but the Sox protect Kalish, Lavanaway, WMB, Iggy, Brentz the five guys who can help in 2012-2013. A cheap pen and next year can trade a Beck or Buck and re-stalk system. Plus they will have a few big contract coming off books. Youk could be moved as well for a prospect or two. The Garza trade is a must for the sox.

    • uww1 4 years ago

      Jackson is untouchable!  Why would we trade him?  If we are rebuilding then why would we trade our #1 prospect?

  59. the_hasselhoff 4 years ago

    IMHO, Garza is only a standout pitcher when he is pitching against the Jays.  I hope that doesn’t mean that AA loses his head, and the direction the team is patiently embarking on, and trade hard earned/won prospects for him.  You wouldn’t trade these names for Esteban Loaiza would you?

  60. pedroia15 4 years ago

    I think a reasonable offer from the Red Sox would be Ranaudo, Middlebrooks, Doubront, and another mid-level prospect. 

  61. i see shaun marcum as a decent comp for matt garza. different style pitchers for sure, but similar career results and 2 years of control at the time of deal (marcum was 28 at the time, garza is 27). i guess the main difference at the time was marcum’s injury history vs. garza who has been very consistent piling up innings.

    marcum of course was traded for one elite level prospect (brett lawrie). it definitely doesnt have to be a 1 for 1 swap (say d’arnaud for garza), but i think thats the kind of value that makes sense. 

  62. chee1rs 4 years ago

    not exactly a  stellar year for starters

  63. MB923 4 years ago

    I don’t think Sanchez is overrated because nobody ever rated him high. The 2 cathers ranked the highest are Montero (if he counts as one lol) and Romine.

  64. tycobb 4 years ago

    Garza is the new Edwin Jackson…..changing teams like Blues Jays intrested in articles on MLBTR.

  65. Kinger 4 years ago

    Guys what’s so good about Garza, I thought he was a crazy pitcher until I looked him up a bit. I mean he’s 2 games below .500 in his career, and highest win total was 15 in a yr, I don’t get it. I mean hell Brett Cecil got 15 wins not to long ago, so why would we trade a bunch of players for Garza?

    • Guest 4 years ago

      There are more stats than just wins and loss!

      • Kinger 4 years ago

        Oh I know but another thing he has never struck out more then 200 batters either, don’t get me wrong one good thing is he’ durable and has shown he can hurl over 200 innings which is good. Would he help the Jays? Sure he would, But I just wouldn’t wanna give up too much for him

        • BDLugz 4 years ago

          He’s also never won a gold glove!!  I think you’re looking in all the wrong places to determine whether he is a strong pitcher. He had a K/9 approaching 9 last year and kept his walks under control at around 2.85 I think.  There are not many guys that can pitch 198-202 innings and get 200 strikeouts that year, he finished last year with 197.  You’re really grasping at straws here.

        • pedroia15 4 years ago

          Strikeouts aren’t directly related to success as a pitcher.  Look at WHIP, Batting AVG against, K/BB ratio, etc.  Come on man!

    • You can’t just look at wins and losses.  There is too much influence on things outside of the pitchers control that effects those stats.  Someone could have 17 wins on a contender with some pretty mediocre stats.

      For Garza you have to look at his body of work over the years.  He is young, has two years of control (cheap), and has pitched in high pressure situations very well.  He averages about 197 IP per season over the last 4 seasons.  He has a great strikeout rate which makes him a good high pressure situation pitcher.  Last year I think he had 190+ strikeouts through 190+ innings which is excellent.  Granted he was in the NL, that’s still very good.  In all honesty I think he is an underrated pitcher that if you put solid and consistent offense behind could win 17-19 games.

      • Kinger 4 years ago

        Great insight, I forgot about the playoffs and such, I’d love for him to come in and im and Ricky put up around 16-19 wins each, but who knows. 

        • No problem.  The wins I spat out are really an overestimation on my part.  In reality I could see him with 15 wins in the AL East behind a solid #1 starter.  I would love to have him on the Yanks for the right price, but the price is never right and never will be.

      • Kinger 4 years ago

        Ps. Thanks

    • pedroia15 4 years ago

      Wins-Losses has to do with how many runs your team scores.  He pitched for the Rays and Cubs, two horrible offenses.  John Lackey had a 6.41 ERA last year and was 12-12 (because the Red Sox scored the most runs in baseball).  Come on man!

      • sparkyII 4 years ago

        A 15 game winner in the AL east would be considered special. Garza has that potential with a team like the red sox or yanks. Garza would fit nicely in the 3rd or 4th spot in the sox rotation. After that a right fielder and after that , look out yanks.

        • sparkyII 4 years ago

          I forgot to mention, the only thing I dislike about Garza is that infernal spitting while waiting for the pitch sign. That’s gross,
          why can’t he just grab his crotch like other players?

      • Jaysguy52 4 years ago

        You have to think too, that the jays have had really good run production in the past few years, tons of hr, still could use a bit more though

  66. Jaysguy52 4 years ago

    You have to consider too, is when the Astros move to the al, be it this year or next, the jays will have more games against easier teams than say the yankees or red sox or rays, so this could mean we add garza we are contenders, especially with the new wild card spots too, so hypothetically If the jays can get garza, they will have Romero potential 17-20 game winner, garza potential 12-16 game winner and morrow a potential 9-12 game winner, along with a full year of Alvarez and maybe Cecil or drebek will be golden, what we are really missing is garza in between Romero and morrow because morrow hasn’t shown he can get a decent amount of wins but garza has, that is what we are missing is that third double digit game winner

  67. Wrek305 4 years ago

    I would love to see the Rangers Pull off a trade for Garza, Sign Fiedler, Trade Moreland and at at 3 other to the Cubs for Garza and Soto. Soto can serve as the bulpen catcher.

  68. beberoni 4 years ago

    Pitching, pitching, pitching. Pitching will beat hitting almost everyday. How many pennants did the Braves win with Maddux, Glavine, Smoltz? Sure, they only won the 1 World Series, but they got to the playoffs to have a chance to play for it like 10 years in a row or more. The Phillies will be there every year now as long as they keep Holladay, Lee and Hamels, plus they have the young kid Vance Worley and Roy Oswalt to boot. You can have a killer hitting lineup, and your not going to win that often. Look at the Yankee’s offense. Its an all-star after all-star. But no pitching to get the job done. Red Sox didnt make it this year, because the pitching let them down. Youve got to have pitching, and thats it.

  69. beberoni 4 years ago

    Pitching, pitching, pitching. Pitching will beat hitting almost everyday. How many pennants did the Braves win with Maddux, Glavine, Smoltz? Sure, they only won the 1 World Series, but they got to the playoffs to have a chance to play for it like 10 years in a row or more. The Phillies will be there every year now as long as they keep Holladay, Lee and Hamels, plus they have the young kid Vance Worley and Roy Oswalt to boot. You can have a killer hitting lineup, and your not going to win that often. Look at the Yankee’s offense. Its an all-star after all-star. But no pitching to get the job done. Red Sox didnt make it this year, because the pitching let them down. Youve got to have pitching, and thats it.

  70. chee1rs 3 years ago


    when average is …. good ???

  71. East Coast Bias 4 years ago

    It’s Garza, not King Felix. 

  72. Yea, top 3 prospects for Garza doesn’t sound like anything Cashman would do because he could of had Gio or Latos for a similar deal.  I’m more inclined for them to start with Betances and add a few of our other top young prospects like Mason William, Noesi and Romine.

  73. Vmmercan 4 years ago

    Cashman wasn’t willing to go more than two of those guys for anyone in the majors, especially Garza. Yankees are deep at catcher in the system and Martin is a fine stop gap, so Soto is useless and they have the best bullpen in the AL, so Marmol is useless too.

  74. Guest 4 years ago

    larceny is illegal….

  75. joeybw 4 years ago

    Good luck getting the Jays to trade Lawrie.

  76. Bombastic_Dave 4 years ago

    How ’bout no!

  77. BlueCatuli 4 years ago

    It’s also a catcher who despite having a down year was still above average for his position and a closer that if reunited with Rothschild could return to dominant form. The Cubs would be needing to get more than three prospects, no matter how good they are.

  78. tfsmag 4 years ago

    Tim Lincecum was 13-14 this year, does that put him in the 3rd starter range too? Win loss records aren’t a very good gauge of the quality of a pitcher. If not for the lack of run support and several bullpen implosions Garza could have easy pulled in over 15 wins last season.

  79. BillB325 4 years ago

    Your kidding right? Because last time I checked he’s a pretty d*** good two starter on most staffs excluding the Phillies and the Angels. By the way the win stat is a team stat, so he had ten wins on a awful team like the Cubs. Yeah you have to be right Garza is just awful nothing better than a third starter(sarcasm).

  80. 0bsessions 4 years ago

    Garza is number two on the Yanks and Jays, no question, and it’s very close on the Red Sox.

  81. BDLugz 4 years ago

    You are NOT getting King Felix for that package… You might not even get Garza for that package.  Drabek is no longer a centerpiece for a trade, and it’s likely the Jays value what he might be much more than other teams value him.  I’d rather have Syndergaard, Marsinick, McGuire, etc from the Jays than Drabek at this point.

  82. Michael Klein 4 years ago

    felix had 23 quality starts as well….in more starts.  He gave up 5 or more runs 7 times….so actually your argument doesn’t make sense

  83. YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

    Ummmm….we already have Martin as our starting C and Romine a year away. We have Mo, Soriano and Robertson at the back end of the pen and Joba should be back by the all-star game. That trade makes no sense for the Yanks not to mention the prospects being asked for is absurd.

  84. East Coast Bias 4 years ago

    That’s true, but not the top 3 prospects from our system. This ain’t the Nats..

  85. cyberboo 4 years ago

    Lincecum, Cain, Halladay, Lee, King Felix aren’t Garza.  They will go out to the mound and give you quality starts ninety percent of the time minimum.  Garza had 23 quality starts and got blown off the mound in eight other games.  That led to a 74.2 percentage of quality starts and equals a third starter, since second pitchers average over eighty percent quality starts. 

  86. BDLugz 4 years ago

    Much more interested in Marsinak than Gose, and much more interested in McGuire than Drabek, but I think I’d like something like: Syndergaard, Marsinak and Osuna/Carreno/Jenkins

  87. BlueCatuli 4 years ago

    If he gets trade it will be similar. A team will overpay. I’m not saying he’s worth it or he warrants that type of return, but if he gets traded the Cubs are going to clean up. They have all the leverage.

  88. Philip Marlowe 4 years ago

    But you can expect a haul greater than or equal to what the Padres got for Latos and the A’s got for Gio. Garza is definitely better than Gio, and at least equal to, if not better than, Latos.

  89. BlueCatuli 4 years ago

    I don’t think the trade makes sense either, by hypothetically if that we’re the proposition the Cubs would be getting the raw end of the deal.

  90. tfsmag 4 years ago

    LOL, nobody is comparing Garza to Lee, Halladay, Or Lincecum. You’re quoting 4 pitchers when you have a 5 man rotation on 30 teams. That’s 150 pitchers and Garza is definitely in the top 10-15% on the quality he brings to your team. He’s a solid #2 on a good rotation on a contending team, and a solid #1 on most teams with a mediocre to weak rotation.

  91. BDLugz 4 years ago

    You’re also ignoring that 2 of his starts were rain shortened and there were other outside forces that disrupted other starts of his.  QS % isn’t an all telling stat in this case.

  92. 0bsessions 4 years ago


  93. Why? Garza’s already proved himself in the AL East and the playoffs…

  94. MaineSox 4 years ago

    Not with Oswalt, Kuroda, and Jackson still on the market, and guys like Floyd and Wandy potentially available they don’t

  95. YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

    Not just our top 3 prospects but 3 top 50 prospects (#3, #41 and #43) overall.

    I am a little shocked that Gary Sanchez doesn’t get mentioned a lot more by posters though (#30th overall).

  96. That’s your opinion and not fact.  I, personally, would have liked Gio over Garza.  Slightly younger and more years of control put him over Garza for me.  But thanks for your valuable input.

  97. BDLugz 4 years ago

    Those pitchers are all multiple steps behind Garza, plus Garza is under team control at a fraction of his market value for the next 2 years.

  98. None of those guys would be considered, even as free agents, above Garza, espeically in the AL East.  Floyd?  Jackson? I mean, I’m a White Sox fan & that’s just wacky.  Floyd & Jackson are #4 types.  Oswalt got hurt last year and is like 34. Kuroda is 36 and has pitched half his games in Dodger Stadium.  Wandy is like 32 and the most reliable of the bunch but clearly at this point a #3 or #4 for the Rockies and has been in the NL his entire career.   

  99. BDLugz 4 years ago

    Montero is not a top 3 prospect anymore… might not even be top 10 in some lists.

  100. 0bsessions 4 years ago

    Out of date ranking. Sanchez dropped out of the top fifty for BA’s mid-season rankings. Betances and Banuelos both jumped substantially higher (Both top thirty now), though, so there’s that.

  101. BDLugz 4 years ago

    Can’t trust a pitcher that walks over 4 batters per 9 innings of work.  Gio has gotten incredibly lucky over his career, and will have a tough time pitching when he is not in a huge ballpark.

  102. That is indeed true, the walks are a concern.  But maybe I am in the minority that believes he is still a very young pitcher who has a lot of maturing to do.  I honestly believe those walks will come down.

  103. TimotheusATL 4 years ago

    in fairness, cubs fans should be used to that by now :I

  104. YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

    Not really by much when you consider the salary being moved in the other direction. Yanks might have to add two smaller pieces like a Warren and a lower level guy.

  105. tfsmag 4 years ago

    No it doesn’t… To say that is absurd. The cubs have all the leverage in these talks. They can more than afford to extend him if they don’t get the exchange they’re looking for. The cubs are “listening” and have already said that they were perfectly content to build a young team around him.

    So no, the cubs should absolutely not even enter into talks with other teams unless the exchange is going to be equal or greater than what they gave up to get him. He’s still young, still under team control for a couple of seasons, and durable.

  106. BillB325 4 years ago

    not really, Garza has become a better pitcher and the market is incredibly dry

  107. MaineSox 4 years ago

    Actually all of those pitchers have been as good, or better, for longer than Garza.  One good year doesn’t make Garza an ace.

  108. BDLugz 4 years ago

    I’m not calling Garza an ace, but he’s an easy #2 starter.  You’re really telling me that you’d rather have any of those guys for 2 years over Garza?  I’d say you’re nuts.

  109. rikersbeard 4 years ago

    I’d much rather have Latos than Garza. 

    and I’m not sure I would call a CC-Garza combo, lethal. Garza is at best a #2. Lethal seems like a 1a-1b situation.

  110. rikersbeard 4 years ago

    Second time you have claimed this. Not sure why not trading Lawrie or d’arnaud makes them a 4th place team. Seems like they would create a bigger hole on the team (at 3B) by moving  Lawrie then they would fill by getting Garza.

  111. blueandwhite89 4 years ago

    At this point only Prince can change that. Garza won’t make the team better than the Red Sox.

  112. Phillies_Aces35 4 years ago

    It’d be a mistake to trade D’Arnaud… even Ruben Amaro Jr. who throws prospects around like nothing wishes he didn’t trade him.

    Lawrie seems like a future franchise piece too (and franchise Third Basemen are much harder to acquire than a #2 type starting pitcher… at least lately). The Blue Jays have plenty of other good prospects that would allow them to get a deal done.

  113. BDLugz 4 years ago

    Blue Jays can EASILY put together a package I’d jump all over without ever including D’Arnaud.  They’ve got multiple TOR prospects you can dream on.

  114. blueandwhite89 4 years ago

    Realy? Are the Nats now contenders after getting Gio?

    I like Garza a lot, but I don’t understand how he would actually pull the team into contention? This is a *very good* pitcher, but not a *frontline* one.

  115. slider32 4 years ago

    The problem is players don’t want to play in Toronto.

  116. rikersbeard 4 years ago

    sure, but you don’t have to give them away for a #2 starter.

  117. YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

    Top 3 vs top 10 is relative. Point is he is still one of the best prospects in the game. BA had him at #8 in July but that was before he had his hot 2nd half and before the call up. My guess is they would have him no less than 8 in their new top 100 list.

  118. aaforprimeminister 4 years ago

    Norris is coming out of high school and hasn’t pitched as a pro

  119. cyberboo 4 years ago

    Your dreaming.  Just for the fun of it, I looked it up and Garza placed 26th in the top forty pitchers in 2011.  He was nowhere near the top ten or even top twenty pitchers.  In comparison, Gio Gonzalez was 19th on the list. 

  120. MaineSox 4 years ago

    No, I’d prefer Garza over most of them (“most” because I might still prefer Oswalt), but it’s mostly because he’s proven in the AL East where the others aren’t.

    But I wouldn’t prefer him enough to give up the extra it would take to get him (especially if BlueCatuli is right about what he’ll cost, which I don’t think he is).

  121. YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

    The fact that he dropped out of the top 50 is irrelevant to me. If ppl here base their trade thoughts simply on BA’s list then shame on them.

    I’m not PROPOSING him, I just find it odd that he’s not mentioned often considering his age (18), power (17 hrs in 300 AB in the SAL) and the fact that he’s projected to stick at C. 

  122. nictonjr 4 years ago

    Keep Betances then…

  123. YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

    yeah no one except Baseball America, John Sickles and the other “prospecters”. Wow. Dude THEY ARE ranked there already.

  124. 0bsessions 4 years ago

    If you don’t believe me, go google it. It’ll take you less than a minute to confirm. Banuelos was ranked #13, Betances was #26 (Or maybe I have them backwards).

  125. YanksFanSince78 4 years ago


    Baseball America had Montero @ #8, Bans @ #13 and Bets @ #26 as of July 2011. I’m willing to bet that they will still be top 40 when the new list comes out with Montero still in the top 10.

    As for Sanchez, that top 30 pre-season ranking was seen as very aggressive but a C who all say will stick at that position at A ball who hit 17 hrs in 300 games and had a .820 OPS is still a top 50 prospect at age 18 at that level with those numbers at the C position.

    As for “sure things”, 99% of prospects are not “sure things” so not sure what the purpose of that is.

  126. YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

    Didn’t the Yanks win the WS just a couple of months after missing out on Halladay? Has Halladay won a WS since being traded to the Phillies? I understand that’s not his fault but teams, including the Yanks have to look beyond just this year.

  127. nictonjr 4 years ago

     Yanks rode CC/Pettite/rain/BP to a WS victory in ’09.

  128. YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

    Gio alone doesn’t make them contenders but him along with Stras, Zimm and the guys on the farm are making up a team that could contend in 2 or 3 years.

  129. Phillies_Aces35 4 years ago

    Because of the new Wild Card system, yes they are contenders and the Blue Jays could potentially be too.

  130. Hawkguy 4 years ago

    Well, if the Nats get Fielder they sure as heck are!

  131. >WHIP

    WHIP is a completely useless, faux-sabermetric stat.

  132. Michael Klein 4 years ago

    he never said top 10.  do you know how to read? he said top 10 to 15 PERCENT.  Also, did you rank the top 40 pitchers by wins again?

  133. Clark_N_Addison 4 years ago

    What INSANE stat were you looking up? 

    I’m not saying Garza is the be all end all, but in what world is Gio’s stats so far ahead of Garza’s?

    Garza’s WAR is 5.0 while Gio’s was 3.5.

  134. SunsetStripper 4 years ago

    I really hope you’re joking. 

  135. slider32 4 years ago

    Garza is only under control for 2 years.

  136. jedicouncil 4 years ago

    what are you on lol

  137. cyberboo 4 years ago

    According to league statistics, Garza was ranked  26th  out of the top forty pitchers in 2011, Gonzalez was ranked 19 out of the top pitchers, including Halladay, Kershaw, Verlander, etc.  Now say Garza is better than Gonzalez, when the facts say you are wrong.  Why cloud the issue though with facts and for those that have faith in sabermetrics, Garza ranks 36th out of forty, Gonzales 21st, showing who was better.  That is why Gonzalez netted the haul he received and why Garza won’t come close to getting the same return.

  138. the_hasselhoff 4 years ago

    Garza is a solid starter, but not worth a top tier package of potential studs, especially Blue Jay potential studs.  I say sign Oswalt as a stop gap and let the young guns develop.  

  139. YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

    Why is whip irrelevant? I think it’s a great simple way to look at how often a pitcher allows a hitter to reach base if OBP against isn’t handy.

  140. How is OBP against not handy? It’s literally a click away and a much better statistic to use.

  141. blueandwhite89 4 years ago

    Ok, then in 2-3 years don’t you think the four guys they traded (3 of them at least) would be in the mix as well? A guy like Cole could evn put up Gio like numbers in 3 years (at a much cheaper price).

  142. blueandwhite89 4 years ago

    Ok, then in 2-3 years don’t you think the four guys they traded (3 of them at least) would be in the mix as well? A guy like Cole could evn put up Gio like numbers in 3 years (at a much cheaper price).

  143. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    and cant be traded yet 

  144. jedicouncil 4 years ago

    they can keep garza if thats the offer

  145. blueandwhite89 4 years ago

    Niether team has even been in the hunt the last few years (in september). IMO its 2-3 years before either team is in that position.

  146. Jamie Sayer 4 years ago

    The Jays have 4 or 5 pitchers who could be good trading pieces rather than D’Arnaud… Although if he wasn’t included in a deal, I have a feeling Alvarez would be.

  147. Hawkguy 4 years ago

    So, you expect Cubs fans to be OK with Travis Wood as the #1 starter? That’s no logical either. I don’t want Drabek and any additional SP we’d get from Toronto if their the prime trade target aren’t ready to start in the bigs.

  148. notsureifsrs 4 years ago

    i hear all day about guys like betances and banuelos and montero being overrated, but i don’t see it. they’re great talents

    sanchez however screams overrated to me

  149. Hawkguy 4 years ago

    I like the Yankees prospects and Rangers prospects better.

  150. jedicouncil 4 years ago

    i wouldnt trade marisnick, gose, darnaud, or syndergaard straight up for garza.  why pay a heavy price for him when he alone wont get them into the playoffs.  if they signed feilder….then i would think about it.

  151. jedicouncil 4 years ago

    lets hope so

  152. YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

    Why? A 18 year old C who has a very good chance at staying at C with his power? 

    `Harper @ 18- 305 PA-14 hrs- .318-.423-.554-.977 OPS- 44/61

    Bogaerts @ 18-296 PA-16 hrs-.260-.324-.509-.834 OPS-25/71

    Sanchez @ 18-343 PA-17 hrs-.256-.335-.485-.820 OPS-36/93

    I don’t have any advance metrics to go off of but as a 18 yr
    old C:

    2011- @ A ball- 31% CS rate (78 attempts)

    8 errors in 482 PO

    2010- @ GCL- 19% (39 attempts)

               @ NYPL- 54% (13 attempts)

    8 errors in 247 PO

    Defensively he absolutely has to work on cutting down his PBs
    as he’s had 42 in 2 years. Way unacceptable. However, unlike Montero, he’s much
    more limber and athletic. He can at worst, be a Posada/Piazza defensive C.

    And most scouts feel he will be more of the 2010 hitter he
    was (.329/.393/.543) as opposed to the 2011 version (.256/.335/.485).

    He had attitude problems last year and was demoted because
    of it (sent back to instructional league for a week or so) but when he came
    back he was hitting strong.

  153. notsureifsrs 4 years ago

    i don’t think his bat is overrated (where have we heard this before). i was under the impression that he’s extremely weak defensively

    you mentioned the 8 errors, but 26 passed balls in 60 games on top of that? ouch

  154. YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

    What really is the difference? OBP just factors in SF’s and HBP. Not that big a difference.

  155. MaineSox 4 years ago

     If he pitches next year like he did this year we can legitimately say he’s a different pitcher, but at this point he’s just Garza with a good year under his belt (and in the NL).

    If you look at their stats for the past three years Garza is, at best, the second worst out of that group. Second worst in FIP-, second worst in ERA-, second worst SIERA, second worst xFIP, second worst BB% (worst BB/9)…

  156. BDLugz 4 years ago

    Seriously?  Way to massively overvalue every single prospect you have.  I love dealing with fans like you, makes me smile a bit.

  157. aaron b 4 years ago

    Gonzalez pitched in a huge pitchers park.

  158. thats probably a little harsh. drabek pitched well at the end of 2010 and decently at the beginning of 2011 before control and emotional issues got the better of him. he’s hardly breaking new ground for first time mlbers. still has top end potential.

  159. Because the only prospect that has more potential with a bat than Montero is Harper.

  160. slider32 4 years ago

    If you can rake you can play, and Jesus can rake!

  161. grownice 4 years ago

     I’d Say Brett Lawrie is on par with both hitting wise , with more a lot speed.

  162. grownice 4 years ago

    When you watch the kid day in and day out you’d understand where i’m coming from , i actually think he’s going to have better numbers then Trout and be very close to Montero’s and Harpers but with alot more stolen bases and triples. But that’s the fun of watching it play out! We can agree to disagree but the kid is a freak athlete.

  163. Shawnthemon 4 years ago

    Lawrie as a third basemen will have better numbers than Montero at DH. Its hard to find a 30/30 guy, not as hard to find a Montero. 

    Lawrie is going to be a star, especially in Toronto.

    I’m a big fan of Montero though, I think he is going to be a great hitter, and if he can ever figure it out and stay at catcher, he will be like Cano, but at C.

  164. well the jays probably wouldnt deal him for that reason alone, but the randy wells comp is pretty ridiculous. 

    wells was drafted in the 38th round and so was a miracle to have made the big leagues at all. drabek has been touted as an elite talent from day 1, and a fail in his first go at the mlb should not change that.

  165. Also, WHIP doesn’t tell much. Neither does ERA. Use xFIP for seeing how many runs and baserunners pitchers actually allow.

  166. shane.kraemer 4 years ago

    I fully expect a rebuilding team with an awful pitching staff to realize that they need to blow up their team and start from scratch. there’s no way to shortcut a rebuilding phase, especially with the barren minor league system the Cubs have. anyone that thinks the Cubs can afford to keep Garza and not get prospects in return mustn’t be a fan of the Cubs. plain and simply. Even so, I’m not speculating on a return of broken parts like Drabek and whatnot, I’m just agreeing with A-rod that the more innings Garza pitches for the Cubs, the longer their rebuilding process takes. 

  167. slider32 4 years ago

    I wouldn’t.

  168. I doubt the Jays will trade Drabek this offseason as well.  Right now the best that could be gotten for him would be for someone like the White Sox’ Quentin.  And even that wouldn’t be a 1 for 1 deal.  Every year or so some super prospect struggles like this, some get moved, some do not.  Examples:  Greinke, Homer Bailey (both of their teams kept them), then Gavin Floyd flaming out for the Phillies & the White Sox picking him up.  White Sox did it with Matt Thornton too.  Heck, even Greg Maddux.  I watched him get hit like a BP pitcher that first year.  I’d say he turned it around.   

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  170. Hawkguy 4 years ago

    I just hope that they don’t get those broken parts…hoping for a change of scenery to reform said parts. Theo and Co are doing a lot of that this year. Just as long as it’s not with prospects.

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