5 Teams Who Are Interested In Chicago Cubs Pitcher Matt Garza
5 Teams Who Are Interested in Chicago Cubs Pitcher
Back in 2011, the Chicago Cubs gave a nice bundle of prospects to the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for right-handed pitcher Matt Garza. It has been an interesting three years in Chicago for Garza. He has pitched well during his time with the Cubs, going 18-18 on some very bad teams with a combined ERA of 3.56. The problem is, Garza has only started 57 games for the Cubs during his three seasons. He has had countless injuries that have been holding him back, including a strained left lat that held him out until late May this season.
Even with the injury history, Garza seems to receiving a ton of interest in the trade market right now. The Cubs are letting it be known that they will be sellers during the trade deadline in August, and many think that Garza is one player who will surely be dealt. Unless he signs an extension with his new team, Garza is looked at as a rental player, as he becomes a free agent this offseason. The Cubs have expressed interest in extending Garza in the past, but that now appears to be unlikely. They will look to get as much as they can out of him right now as opposed to letting him walk away in exchange for a draft pick in the offseason. The starting pitching market will be very thin this offseason and should allow Garza to get a bigger pay day than he normally would.
There are always teams looking for starting pitching at the trade deadline and this season is no different. Garza is arguably the most talented pitcher that will be available for trade. American League teams like the fact that Garza had success with the Rays in a stacked American League East. There is no doubt that he is a talented pitcher, the question is what teams are willing to give up in exchange for a pitcher with a long injury history.
There is no way that the Cubs are going to receive a package as valuable as the one they gave up to acquire Garza from the Rays. Although, because of the interest in Garza, I think the Cubs will see a nice return of three or four prospects, at least one of which will be a top 10 guy in the team's minor league system. There are certain teams that the Cubs will be more willing to trade with because of their familiarity with those systems, but we will get more in to that later. Here are five teams who seem to be very interested in trading for Garza.
The Baltimore Orioles are one team who has expressed some interest in Garza. With slugger Chris Davis and young star Manny Machado are leading the way, the Orioles are in second place in the AL East with a 47-36 record. The Orioles have been great, but they will certainly be looking to add to their starting rotation as the trade deadline approaches. Garza seems to be a good fit as he has had some success in the AL East. I think the Cubs would want to receive a package around athletic infielder Jonathan Schoop, who has struggled in AAA, but has great upside.
Boston Red Sox
The Cubs' front office had a big part in building the current system of the Boston Red Sox. Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod were key parts of the Red Sox for a very long time and currently run the Cubs. The first-place Red Sox have expressed some interest in acquiring Garza and I think he would make a nice addition to their rotation. It might be a little unrealistic, but I think the Cubs will shoot for pitcher Matt Barnes in a deal with Boston. They may have to add another piece like Kevin Gregg to the deal to acquire Barnes, but he would immediately become the best pitching prospect for the Cubs. Even if they cannot acquire Barnes, I am sure that the Cubs have some guys in Boston who they would love to get in a trade. They know that system as well as anybody.
San Diego Padres
After their time in Boston and before coming to the Cubs, Hoyer and McLeod worked for the San Diego Padres. The Padres have been a surprise this season, currently only 2.5 games out of first place in the National League West. They are looking to acquire a starting pitcher and Garza has recently been linked to them. The Cubs would be very interested in catcher Austin Hedges and RHP Matt Wisler. As with the Red Sox, I am sure the Cubs have some under-the-radar prospects in the Padres' system that they would love to get their hands on.
San Francisco Giants
The defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants are in need of some starting pitching help. Garza would be an obvious fit for the Giants and would help their rotation tremendously. Pitchers Clayton Blackburn and Heath Hembree would be nice targets for the Cubs in a trade with the Giants.
The Texas Rangers are a team that has been linked to Garza for a very long time. Back when the Cubs acquired Garza, the Rangers were thought to be the team the Cubs were bidding against. They could certainly use another piece to their rotation. If the Cubs look to trade with the Rangers, I think they will be looking at LHP Martin Perez. Perez would not be easy to pry away from the Rangers, but I think if Chicago gets creative, it is certainly possible. They have other pieces that would be very interesting to the Rangers.