The third day of the 2013 Winter Meetings appears to be all about starting pitcher Matt Garza, at least in the early part of the day. There are numerous teams in on the right-hander with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Minnesota Twins among the favorites to land him. The Los Angeles Angels can be added to that list, as they appear determined to bolster their rotation with the addition of Garza.
“#Angels are among the clubs talking to Matt Garza. Would slot in behind Weaver and Wilson as a nice No. 3,” tweeted ESPN.com writer Jerry Crasnick.
With the lack of top talent among starting pitchers in free agency this offseason, players such as Garza have an opportunity to make a lot of money. With that being said, the issue that appears to be going against him is that he wants too many years and/or money.
The fact is he isn’t an incredibly talented pitcher who deserves a sizeable contract. It’s been a couple of years since he ate up innings on a large scale and he has never cracked 200 strikeouts in a season. With that being said, teams are still willing to take a chance on him because of his career 3.84 ERA in 194 appearances (191 starts), as well as, the fact that whichever team signs him won’t have to surrender a compensatory draft pick.
The Angels made a big splash yesterday in upgrading their rotation after the Mark Trumbo trade that got the organization starters Tyler Skaggs and Hector Santiago. Obviously, Garza would be a far better pickup than Skaggs or Santiago, which is why he would become the No. 3 starter on the team. Not to mention, a desired piece if Los Angeles wants to reach the postseason in 2014.