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Matt Garza (photo credit: Getty Images)
Every year since Matt Garza has been on the team he has had trade speculation surrounding him. Why shouldn’t Garza have that surrounding him? He has been on a team that hasn’t come close to finishing first in their division in many years; he has been outstanding on the mound while healthy, and he is a great team player and veteran to have on the team. When not pitching, Garza can always be seen on the steps in the dugout cheering on all the players. He is a guy who clearly loves the game of baseball and he plays it with a lot of passion. He is just an all-around great player and mentor to have on a team so it’s no wonder teams have been trying to pursue him.
What will the Cubs lose if Garza is traded?
Since Garza has been a Chicago Cub he has averaged more than 200 innings per season from 2010-2012 with an era of 3.68. He was unable to make his 2013 debut until May 21 due to an injury, but over his last two outings he has made up for the lost time. Garza is a proven pitcher. What you see is what you get. He is the type of pitcher a manager can depend on when things get tough. I’m not saying that Garza is the best pitcher in the league and that nobody can touch him, but what I am saying is he can be considered one of the elites. In his last two starts Garza has had numbers like an elite pitcher. He has only given up one earned run over 15 innings. In last night’s game he pitched to the 9th inning striking out eight. With a walk to start off the 9th inning manager, Dale Sveum, replaced Garza with Kevin Greg g who earned his 11th save in as many opportunities. It seems like every time Garza takes the mound he keeps getting stronger and stronger.
Could the Cubs get a good trade from a Garza deal?
Matt Garza (photo credit: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
I personally don’t think there is anyone out there on the trade block that matches up to Garza this year. Whatever team really wants Garza is going to have to give up a proven talent to get him. Theo Epstein is no idiot and he won’t take a trade unless he feels he is truly getting back what he is given up. Last year the Cubs got lucky when they traded Ryan Dempster to the Texas Rangers. Dempster was having an outstanding season and at that time he had the lowest era of any pitcher in the majors. After the trade however; Dempster slowly started to decline and also spent a couple weeks on the disabled list. The trade turned out to be in the Cubs favor because they got Christian Villanueva who is proving to be a great addition to the roster. This might be another year where there is a lot of talk about trading Garza and nothing happens after the July 31 deadline, but it might also be the year he gets traded to a first place team and gets a shot at winning that World Series ring. Whatever the case may be one can bet that whatever happens will be in the best interest for both Garza and the Chicago Cubs.
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