Matt Garza Deal Will End Up Helping Chicago White Sox

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Although it certainly wasn’t their intention, the Chicago Cubs helped their crosstown rival Chicago White Sox with the first real blockbuster trade of the 2013 season.

The Cubs sent the highly sought-after Matt Garza to the Texas Rangers Monday for a package that included prospects Mike Olt and C.J. Edwards.

When looking at the Garza deal, as of right now, it seems as if the Cubs got the better end of the trade. Olt, a Major League-ready third baseman who is the No. 19 prospect on MLB’s top 100 prospect list, and Edwards, a 21-year-old right-handed starter who has been called the centerpiece of the deal for the Cubs, seem more than enough for the injury-prone Garza.

So, how does the Cubs landing two impact prospects affect the White Sox?

Simple — it increases the trade value of right-hander Jake Peavy. And in my opinion, the White Sox can now ask for even more in return for Peavy than the Cubs received for Garza.

Why?

Well, even before Garza was traded by the Cubs, I believe Peavy was the top option for competing teams in need of an arm. With similar numbers for both this year and their careers (Garza owns a slight lead for 2013 while Peavy has better career statistics) Peavy beats out Garza because of his off the field value. Peavy will not only bring a veteran mind to the team who lands him, he also gives teams the option of keeping him for the 2014 season for a reasonable $14.5 million. Garza, on the other hand, is likely a three-month rental for the Rangers.

Now, with Garza off the market, Peavy becomes the clear-cut top starter on the trade block. He is head and shoulders above any other arm available, and teams in need of a starter will now be in a biding war for Peavy. This will allow GM Rick Hahn to sit back and wait for the most appealing deal.

For the most part, Cubs and White Sox fans don’t exchange very many pleasantries. However, if the South Siders are able to land a package full of promising talent in exchange for Peavy, they’ll have their rivals to the north to thank.

Matt Malecha is a Chicago White Sox writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @MattMalecha and add him to your network on Google

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