When rumors started to fly that the St. Louis Cardinals were interested in Matt Garza, I smiled a little bit because I didn’t think the Chicago Cubs would ever trade Garza to their hated rivals. I quickly changed my mind because of who is now running the team. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer don’t care about who they trade Garza to as long as they get full value. The Cardinals have some really interesting names in their system that have to make the Cubs think about it.
At first, I wondered why the Cardinals would be interested in Garza until I realized Lance Lynn is all over the place, Joe Kelly isn’t going to carry this team to a title, Shelby Miller is a rookie and Jake Westbrook is well…Jake Westbrook. Garza would immediately give the Cardinals a boost behind Adam Wainwright.
Now, what would it take to get Matt Garza?
Let’s just throw this out there now: the Cubs will not get Oscar Taveras in a deal so there’s no reason to even think that’s a possibility.
However, Michael Wacha, Samuel Tuivailala, and Kolten Wong would have to get the ball rolling on the Cubs’ side of the deal.
The Cardinals are going to have to give up Wacha or Carlos Martinez in a deal to get Garza, and giving up Martinez would be crazy. I like Wacha but he doesn’t have nearly the upside Martinez does. Tuivailala is a 20-year-old, hard-throwing right-hander who is at least two years away. A lot of strike outs, but a lot of walks. The upside would severely help a Cubs system that lacks arms. Wong is just a pure hitter. He’s not going to hit for a ton of power, but his ability to hit the ball hard as a middle infielder would be huge for the Cubs and make Starlin Castro expendable.
Honestly, if the Cardinals put this deal on the table, I find it hard to beat unless an organization is putting up its top prospect. It’s never easy to help your division rival win, but the Cubs are rebuilding and therefore there should take no prejudice.
We’ll see if the Cardinals move quickly on this kind of move.