Matt Garza is the best pitcher that is current being made available for trade. He is a great trade chip for the Chicago Cubs to use in their continued rebuilding effort and I am almost 100 percent sure that he will not be a member of the Cubs after the July 31 trade deadline.
The Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians, Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals are among the many teams that have shown interest in acquiring Garza, who will become a free agent after the season.
Well, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney, you can now add the St. Louis Cardinals to the list of potential Garza suitors.
I am as big of a Cubs fan as anyone and might die a little inside if Garza goes to the Cardinals and helps them win another World Series. That being said, the Cubs are in the middle of a big-time rebuild and if the Cardinals make the best offer for Garza, I think Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer should make the deal. They simply need to acquire the best young assets possible at this trade deadline.
Let’s take a step back and look at the big picture of this potential deal. Garza is a free agent at the end of the season and is going to be one of, if not the best, starting pitching options on the open market. Starting pitching is not cheap and Garza will probably get more money than he really should.
St. Louis is a very smart organization that does not like to spend big in free-agency. Also, they have a ton of arms in the minors that are near MLB-ready. If they do trade for Garza, I think it is probably just going to be a rental for the last half of this season. The Cubs are not going to be competitive in 2013 anyways, so as long as he does not sign with the Cardinals in the offseason, the deal would not hurt them at all.
The Cardinals do not have many holes on their team, but Garza would be a nice upgrade for them over Joe Kelly.
The Cubs have some great prospects in their minor league system. The problem is, most of them are position players. Chicago is severely lacking in the young pitching department and would love to get a solid young arm or two for Garza. The Cardinals have a ton of young pitching depth in their organization. Trevor Rosenthal, Carlos Martinez, Michael Wacha and Kelly would all be great targets for the Cubs.
These two teams really do match up very well as trade partners.
Simply put, if the Cardinals make the best offer for Garza, that is the deal that the Cubs should take. It would break my heart to see him pitch in that ugly color red, but if it is the best move for the future of the franchise, I am all for it. Who knows, maybe one of the prospects that the Cubs would get will turn in to a star and the Cubs finally get them back for the Lou Brock trade.