Matt Garza missed most of the second half of the season with a stress reaction in his elbow. He was shut down as a precaution which also shut down his trade possibilities. It seems pretty clear that Garza will be traded at some point this season, but for now the Chicago Cubs are looking to make sure he is healthy and get him back on a mound.
According to Jim Bowden of Sirius/XM Radio and ESPN, the Cubs may be focused on getting Garza back to pitching now, but that could change as they realize time is running out.
Focus on Garza is get him healthy and in our rotation.that could change because not signed past this year and we need to collect talent #SXM
— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) January 27, 2013
Garza is in his final year of team control and will become a free agent after this season. There is very little chance of the Cubs offering Garza an extension let alone Garza signing an extension. To maximize his value, the Cubs will likely trade him before the July 31st deadline.
Garza is 57-61 in his career. He has a 3.84 ERA in seven Major League seasons. Garza was brought up by the Minnesota Twins then eventually shipped to Tampa Bay. From there, the Rays cut ties with him after they thought he had given them all he could. Last season in 18 starts, Garza went 5-7 with a 3.91 ERA.
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