One way or another, the Chicago Cubs will be trading starting pitcher Matt Garza at some point during the 2013 season.
Had it not been for a rash of injuries last July, Garza would already have found himself a new home in the MLB. Instead he stuck around with the Cubs, waiting for his opportunity to get out of Chicago. This time around, the Cubs won’t hesitate to pull the trigger on the best deal that comes across their desk with Garza heading for free agency this offseason.
At this point, there are a handful of teams – the Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays to name a few – who are talking to the Cubs about making a trade for Garza. There are several other pitcher-needy teams rumored to have interest as well.
Garza is scheduled to pitch against the Chicago White Sox tomorrow, so there should be plenty of scouts watching to see if he can stay hot as July baseball gets under way. Even if he struggles against the crosstown rivals, the phones should still be ringing off the hook in the Cubs front office until a deal gets done.
The Cubs have nothing to lose standing at 38-48. Although they aren’t completely out of the playoff picture, they simply don’t have the talent on the roster capable of making a second-half comeback in a stout NL Central division. The Cubs already unloaded Scott Feldman and Carlos Marmol this month, and Garza will certainly be one of the next dominoes to fall.
Pack your bags, Garza. The trade deadline is coming up fast, and your departure is a virtual guarantee.