When the 2013 MLB trade deadline came within view, Matt Garza was one of the best starting pitchers in baseball. There is no doubt that he was throwing some of the best baseball of his life at that time and that means something. After his trade to the Texas Rangers from the Chicago Cubs however, his season faltered a bit. Now as a free agent he isn’t commanding the interest that he might have if he had continued his dominance.
Still he is a very good starting pitcher; probably above average at his worst. That leads to some teams being very interested in Garza this week at the 2013 MLB Winter Meetings. His camp has come out and said that he will very likely sign a contract within the next 24 to 48 hours. There have been two teams linked to him, the Arizona Diamondbacks and Minnesota Twins. Of those two it seems the DBacks have the front spot in line if the buzz is to be believed.
Garza would make a positive move to either club but if the DBacks were able to land him in addition to their deal to bring in Mark Trumbo, they could start to look like the big winners from the Winter Meetings. Never underestimate the Twins because there is something very appealing about them this season.
If Garza were to chose the DBacks, one would have to assume the attractive line-up including two 100 RBI players in Trumbo and MVP runner-up Paul Goldschmidt were part of the decision. Time will tell which way he chooses or if someone else jumps in at the last moment.