As of late, every start that Matt Garza makes in a Chicago Cubs uniform is believed to be his last. However, months of MLB rumors have heated up and given his dazzling performance versus the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday, Garza could be out of Chicago by the end of the week. The Cubs appear to have some time with the MLB trade deadline over a month away, but Chicago is better off getting No. 22 out of town sooner rather than later.
Even still, teams across the league are starting to feel the wrath of mid-season injuries. For example, the Baltimore Orioles were banking on a return from top-notch prospect Dylan Bundy, yet a Tommy John surgery will sideline him for at least a year. Garza has five years of American League experience under his belt and even pitched in a World Series with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2008.
Look for contending teams with below-average pitching staffs to call and inquire about the Cubbies’ most valuable starter. A right-hander that has performed on baseball’s biggest stage should gather quite a bit in return, or at least the Cubs’ faithful are hoping so.
For now, Garza’s great outing and injury-prone past are both digested by MLB teams in need of pitching; meanwhile the active Cubs front office sits back and hope that someone takes No. 22 off of their hands.