Cubs, Dodgers Discussing Garza For Zach Lee Swap

The Cubs agreed to trade Ryan Dempster to Atlanta earlier today, and they aren't done dealing yet. The Cubs and Dodgers are discussing a trade that would send right-hander Matt Garza to Los Angeles for a package of players including highly-regarded pitching prospect Zach Lee, Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and MLB Network reports (on Twitter).

Garza, 28, has a 3.91 ERA with 8.3 K/9 and 2.8 BB/9 in 103 2/3 innings this year. He earns $9.5MM and will go to arbitration one last time this offseason, when his salary can be expected to climb past $12MM. If the Dodgers acquire Garza this summer, they'd be eligible to obtain draft pick compensation for him should he depart as a free agent following the 2013 season.

Lee, 20, entered the season as the Dodgers' best prospect and the 62nd-best prospect in MLB, according to Baseball America. He has a 5.85 ERA with 8.1 K/9 and 2.6 BB/9 in 17 starts at Class A and Double-A so far this year. The Dodgers signed the 2010 first round selection to a $5.25MM bonus after selecting him 28th overall two years ago.


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106 Comments on "Cubs, Dodgers Discussing Garza For Zach Lee Swap"


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dylanp5030
2 years 11 months ago

Theo can do better..

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dieharddodgerfan
2 years 11 months ago

I also hope Epstein looks to do better. Please Ned, move on from Garza.

Guest
2 years 11 months ago

Maybe that’s why he has Jud doing it?

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baseball52
2 years 11 months ago

Oh boy, this is turning into an awesome day

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cubs223425
2 years 11 months ago

Ehh, Zach Lee has yet to do anything. 3.68 Single-A FIP, 4.03 high-A FIP, 5.50 AA FIP. Yeah, he’s not yet 21 (turning 21 in August), but there had better be a good deal more to justify investing heavily in a possible 3-year project prospect who hasn’t even shown an ability to handle A-ball hitters.

Guest
2 years 11 months ago

those numbers @ Rancho Cucamonga are in a very high offensive league. a little skewed imo

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sourbob
2 years 11 months ago

Agreed. He was arguably a little rushed, too.

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Daniel Han
2 years 11 months ago

Do not look at prospect numbers and judge off of just those. It’s not about what a guy is, it’s about what a guy can be.

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sdsuphilip
2 years 11 months ago

While true there is very little projection when it comes to lee.

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Snoochies8
2 years 11 months ago

You mean little as in project as a 2/3 starter?

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sdsuphilip
2 years 11 months ago

Lee is who he is now, average to slightly above average stuff with good control and ok command. His body is already “filled out” so he isn’t going to add more on his velocity. If everything goes perfectly he is a three, he never was going to be a front of the rotation guy, the stuff isn’t there.

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cubs223425
2 years 11 months ago

The problem is that he’s pretty much ALL potential and no production. He’s going up levels without even managing to be average at the previous ones. Lee might be able to fit in as a #2 or #3, but he currently looks more like a #4 or #5 in AAA. I wouldn’t support trading Garza for someone who is doing absolutely nothing impressive in the minors.

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Lookouts400
2 years 11 months ago

That’s what a prospect is, ya know? You have no idea what he’s working on down there, what kind of umpires, his teammates, anything. Anyone who pays attention to a top prospect’s numbers in the minors, especially the lower minors, doesn’t really have a grasp.

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cubs223425
2 years 11 months ago

You think that a prospect should be someone completely incapable of beating minor league players? No umpire should lead to results THAT terrible.
And we’re not just talking about the lower minors. We’re talking about consistently failing to produce over 3 levels now.

Guest
2 years 11 months ago

Lee is more of a solid #3 at this point. His command isnt good. Cant get his fastball over consistently so hitters are sitting on his breaking stuff and hitting him around pretty good. Still very young, but not the lynch pin of this trade if its gonna happen. I think Gordon and Gould will have to also be part of package.

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thegrayrace
2 years 11 months ago

Gordon won’t be dealt now. He’s injured and the Dodgers would be selling low. Gould, sure.

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JakeD
2 years 11 months ago

Every time I get an alert, I have physically and emotionally broken down with joy.

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Daniel Han
2 years 11 months ago

A GREAT DAY

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nycub
2 years 11 months ago

Yes, let’s hope the Dempster trade sets off a flurry of trades now, yeah? It’s been rather boring so far

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Jimmy Bloomfield
2 years 11 months ago

delgado AND zach lee????

Guest
2 years 11 months ago

Do they know that the trade deadline isn’t until next Tuesday?