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MLB News: RHP Matt Garza informed he’ll likely be traded

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Chicago Cubs have told pitcher Matt Garza that he will likely be traded before the deadline this season-

“Cubs star right-hander Matt Garza, who separated himself as the top available starting pitcher with a string of impressive recent outings, has received notice that he will likely be traded after contract talks didn’t produce an extension. Garza is drawing interest from the Rangers, Indians, Red Sox and Cardinals, among others.mTexas and Cleveland seem to be clear players while Boston’s interest might depend somewhat on when star Clay Buchholz returns from injury, which is unclear. Others believe St. Louis is a stealth player in the derby for the red-hot right-hander.”

Garza is 6-1 in 11 starts this season with a 3.17 ERA. He has struck out 62 batters while walking 20.

Chicago broadcaster David Kaplan thinks Garza could be moved by Saturday-

The Indians have a rotation of All-Star Justin Masterson, Ubaldo Jimenez, Scott Kazmir, Corey Kluber and Zach McAllister (assuming he is ready to join the team after the All-Star break.) They also have Danny Salazar, Carlos Carrasco and Trevor Bauer at AAA Columbus who have made spot starts this season.

If he were to become an Indian, Garza would push Masterson for the top spot in the rotation. It is not known what the Cubs would be looking for in return, but Garza is playing on the last year of his contract and will be a free agent at the end of the year.

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  • Kevin Huyghe

    This would be dumb unless you can somehow convince him to sign an extension as a stipulation for the trade. We are fighting right now for a potential playoff birth, and sure, he could potentially put us over the edge to get to the playoffs, but realistically we will not contend for the World Series this year. Then if he is gone after his contract us up we are SOL and we gave up top prospects for nothing.

  • Steve

    Imagine if Dolan came out and said that. Torches and pitchforks.

  • Natedawg86

    Playoffs is all about getting there, riding a streak, and seeing what happens. How often does the team with the best record regular season win the WS?

  • nj0

    Garza denied this. For what that’s worth.

    https://twitter.com/CarrieMuskat/status/356632576024248321

  • architrance

    Exactly – you’ve got to be in it to win it. I doubt we’d be giving up top flight prospects for less than half a season rental anyways. I think he’d be a great pickup for the Tribe.

  • co811809

    IF this happened he would have to push Ubaldo out of the rotation when EZ is healthy correct? No way you can get rid of Kluber and Kazmir. Would the Indians have the balls to option Ubaldo? Bullpen?

  • Kevin Huyghe

    That’s true I guess.. when this team is hot they can beat anybody. It just seems like he is going to be expensive to acquire for a half season rental. But, if I knew anything I would be working for a team rather than being a financial analyst.

  • nj0

    Rumor has the Cubs asking for Martin Perez from the Rangers, a 22-year old leftie who has consistently been a top 100 prospect. Doubt that will happen, but I think the price on Garza will still be rather high. Especially considering how many teams are in the running for him.

  • mgbode

    not only due to teams wanting Garza but also due to the 1st round compensation the Cubs will receive if they keep him and another team signs him. Chicago has no reason to accept less than that type of value in a trade.

    note: they can have Tyler Naquin 🙂

  • mgbode

    they’d likely bring McAllister back really slowly and see what happens. an injury or an implosion or workload getting too high can easily happen. can never have enough pitching.

  • David Charles

    they wouldnt put him in the pen. you need to be able to throw strikes in tough spots when coming out of the pen. although ubaldo has been much better this season than last, the one thing he doesnt do is throw strikes consistently. leads the league in walks i believe

  • David Charles

    i agree with you. even with garza we are still not a championship team this year, but we could be in the up coming years with the core we have and the top prospects we have coming up.

  • nj0

    Why option Ubaldo? First off, why would you ever get rid of MLB caliber starting pitching. Second, even if the holes in the back of our starting rotation and bullpen disappeared tomorrow, there’s still the threat of injury. Finally, even if did become he expendable, trade him. There are a multitude of teams that would love to have him.

    Seriously folks, I know Ubaldo isn’t the world beater we hoped he’d be, but he has value.

  • nj0

    No love for Naquin? He’s been good in A+, as he should be, and has stuck in center thus far.

  • architrance

    Good point about the compensation pick – that really complicates things.

  • mgbode

    wasn’t overly impressed with him at A&M and everything I have read on him has his ceiling pretty low. hey, he could blow past those expectations, but I’d be willing to risk it for a Garza addition + playoff run.

  • Harv 21

    that’s pretty funny. “We didn’t tell you? Coulda sworn we told you. Maybe we told your agent. You talk to him today?”

  • zonk

    Imagine if the Dolan’s stepped up to the plate more than once in a decade, “what if”

  • Hopwin

    Meh, NL Pitchers.

  • co811809

    That’s why I’m asking I didn’t really know what options we have all I know is you can’t take Kaz or Kluber out of the rotation. So what do we do when everyone is healthy if we traded for a guy like this? We wouldn’t have a six man rotation. I’m just asking if you guys know.

  • Rick Manning

    I’d pass on Garza, I think the Cubs asking price will be way too high for a pitcher who’s more like a solid #2 than an ace.

  • mgbode

    ‘more like a solid #2’

    we already have Brett Myers on the team.

  • Rick Manning

    A solid #2 on team streak.