I admit that I love Theo Epstein and think he’s got the Cubs on the right track. I look forward to having lunch with Jed Hoyer in a couple weeks, and I am fully prepared to share my thoughts on Matt Garza. It won’t be any different than my conversation with Tim Wiliken 3 days after Matt Garza was traded for, as I was against it then, and will be against hanging on to him.
I’m sorry Cub fans, but Matt Garza is NOT an ace. I know that’s hard to accept because every fan wants him to be so much. Matt Garza is a 2 or a 3, and believe me…that isn’t a bad thing at all if you have an ace like say….Justin Verlander. When Matt Garza is your teams’ best pitcher and likely will command a salary in upwards of 14 million dollars at some point, there’s a problem.
Look, it’s not that I dislike Matt Garza. I think he’s a very serviceable major league arm. It’s the direction of the Chicago Cubs that make me realize that Matt Garza needs to go. The Cubs are rebuilding for the next 2 years, as they continue to aim for controllable young talent and Matt Garza would fetch some outstanding young talent on the trade block.
TheHoyerdestroyer (Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer) aren’t going to hand Garza over to another club, which is why I believe the Cubs WILL start the year with him in the rotation. However, I don’t see Garza lasting post trade deadline. There’s going to be a couple big named pitchers that go down with injuries, and clubs looking to upgrade their rotation for a world series run. We all know it’s going to happen, and we all know Matt Garza is going to be one of the best names on the open market.
When the Cubs get the offer their looking for, it’ll be time to pull the trigger and not think twice. The Cubs are on the right track, and Matt Garza can’t be part of the equation.