Trading Matt Garza May Not Be Best Move For Chicago Cubs

By Andy Schmidt
Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

Last season didn’t end well for Matt Garza as he missed the last two months due to injury. The Chicago Cubs assumed that they would have a healthy Garza for the 2013 season, but the right-hander has gotten hurt again and this leaves a ton of questions for what the Cubs do about Garza’s injury and his trade value for the future.

Garza was about to get traded last season before getting hurt in his last start before the trade deadline. With how bad the Cubs were last season, getting a package of prospects back for Garza would have been ideal, but this latest injury is only going to put the idea of trading Garza away further onto the back burner.

The Cubs have to decide if it is worth trying to trade a now injury-prone Garza and not get a major prospect back, or if they should just hold on to him. I would be tempted to say that Garza needs to return by May 1 or the team should just have him be part of the team’s rebuilding effort.

The Cubs aren’t that many years away in all honesty, and may be ready to make a move in the National League during the 2014 season. It is going to cost quite a bit of money to keep Garza around but with injury concerns, Garza’s value is going to go down unless he gets through the rest of the 2013 season healthy.

If the Cubs can swing a deal with Garza to keep him for two more seasons at around $10 million a season, Chicago would have a solid top three in their rotation as the young players begin to emerge.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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