The Chicago Cubs have been on the verge of trading Matt Garza for over a year.
I strongly believe that Garza would have been dealt last season before the trade deadline if he was not injured. Garza has pitched well this season with a 6-1 record and 3.17 ERA. He is the best pitcher that is available for trade right now, and it appears that he will most definitely be traded before the July 31 trade deadline.
Almost every contender has at least checked in on Garza. Reports over the weekend indicated that Garza will be dealt at some point over the All-Star break. It appears that the Cubs are getting very close on a deal sending him to a contender. The Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers and Cubs’ arch-rival St. Louis Cardinals are among the teams that appear to have the most interest in Garza.
He would be a welcomed addition to any of those teams. The Cubs are in the middle of a rebuild right now and will be looking for young and talented minor league pieces at the trade deadline. They have one of the best minor league systems in baseball and are stocked with elite talent in position players.
That being said, the Cubs are lacking in the pitching department of the minor leagues. They will surely be looking to acquire some pitching depth in the upper minor leagues.
Trevor Bauer could be the main target for the Cubs in a deal with the Indians, along with Cody Allen and Danny Salazar. In a deal with the Red Sox, I am sure the Cubs are looking to acquire pitcher Matt Barnes, who is the best pitching prospect in the Boston organization.
The Cardinals have an impressive pool of young pitching talent that the Cubs would surely love to get their hands on. Trevor Rosenthal, Michael Wacha, Carlos Martinez and Joe Kelly would all be nice additions to the Cubs’ farm system. The question is whether the Cubs and Cardinals will be willing to make a deal.
The Rangers are the team that makes the most sense to me. Texas is one of the best teams in the American League despite the fact that they have struggled with starting pitching. They need to acquire a starting pitcher before the deadline, and needs to aggressively pursue Garza and give the Cubs a package of prospects that they will take.
Pitcher Justin Grimm and 3B Mike Olt would be nice targets for the Cubs, but LHP Martin Perez is the guy that the Cubs should insist on.
Whether it is the Rangers, one of the other teams I mentioned or a surprise team that comes out of nowhere, Garza will be traded before the July 31 deadline. He will be a free agent at the end of the season and it would make no sense for the Cubs to risk letting him go for virtually nothing.
Somebody will make a trade for him and help speed up the rebuilding process for the Cubs. The only question remaining is who.