Trading Matt Garza Will Prove to Be Beneficial for Chicago Cubs

By Connor Muldowney
Matt Garza
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The Chicago Cubs have not been nearly as bad this year as they have in years past. The club is looking toward the future, however, likely ending any hope of a possible second-half surge in 2013.

Matt Garza was traded earlier this week, and it’s not what the Cubs got rid of, rather what they acquired that should make some people very happy. Garza was their most valuable trade item, so it’s safe to say that they were going to get a pretty good deal out of the trade; and they did.

Acquiring the Texas Rangers‘ Triple-A third baseman Mike Olt, Single-A pitcher C.J. Edwards and two players to be named later could loom large for the struggling Cubs’ foreseeable future.

While Garza and Alfonso Soriano are no longer a part of this team, Theo Epstein and crew know exactly what they’re doing — or so many Cubs fans hope.

Usually the Cubs are one of the worst teams in MLB, but the 2013 season has been a bit different than most. Starlin Castro has struggled a little, but he has the potential to be one of the best shortstops in baseball. Mike Rizzo has become one of the team’s top talents but has yet to reach full potential.

Sure, they rid themselves of one of their best rotational pitchers who had a 3.17 ERA and 6-1 record at the time of the trade, but with a solid young core, this team is surely building for the future.

I’m sure Cubs fans are sick of hearing that the future is bright, but good things come to those who wait.

Connor Muldowney is a columnist for Follow him on Twitter @Connormuldowney, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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