The Arizona Diamondbacks appear to be determined to come away from the 2013 Winter Meetings with the most roster upgrades of any team. With fielders starting to sign, the focus is now turning to starting pitching. One name that is generating plenty of buzz is right-hander Matt Garza, who could sign within the next 48 hours.
One team that appears to be in on Garza is the Diamondbacks, who could use another arm in the rotation, especially after trading Tyler Skaggs yesterday to acquire Mark Trumbo.
Garza may supply teams with a lesser performance than expected but his numbers are always consistent. The Texas Rangers certainly did not get their money’s worth after they acquired him in a midseason trade in 2013. However, that will not prevent teams from taking a chance on a starter who has a career 3.84 ERA in 194 appearances (191 starts).
The issue with the 30-year-old, along with several other starters on the market, is that he may be asking for too much money. At least, more money than he appears to be worth. It’s been a couple years since he ate up innings and he has never cracked 200 strikeouts in a season.
With that being said, the Diamondbacks do need to add a veteran arm to their starting rotation, which is a role Garza can definitely play. If Arizona is unable to land Garza, or any other free agent starter for that matter, they reportedly have no problem trading for a starting pitcher.
“Sources: #DBacks still could trade for SP. Interest in Gregorius, Owings. Also could include current starter such as Cahill or Delgado,” Ken Rosenthal tweeted.
The fact that Garza will most likely sign either today or tomorrow means the Diamondbacks will have to work quickly.