1/7 Cubs to get Garza in 8-player deal

The Cubs apparently are close to acquiring Rays pitcher Matt Garza for five Minor League players, including 2010 Pitcher of the Year Chris Archer and 2010 Player of the Year Brandon Guyer. The deal will be finalized once the players undergo physicals.

Sources said Friday the framework is in place for the multi-player swap in which Chicago would get Garza in exchange for Archer, Guyer, shortstop Hak-Ju Lee, catcher Robinson Chirinos and outfielder Sam Fuld. The Cubs also would get two Minor League players from the Rays. According to the Arlington Heights (Ill.) Daily Herald, one of the players is outfielder Fernando Perez, 27, who batted .234 in 107 big league
appearances. He hit .223 at Triple-A last year.

Team officials would not confirm the trade. Earlier this week, the Chicago Sun-Times reported the Cubs were close to acquiring Garza but both teams denied anything was imminent. The Daily Herald reported Friday that a deal was in the works and had the names.

Garza, 27, would join a rotation with Carlos Zambrano, Ryan Dempster, Randy Wells, Tom Gorzelanny, and Carlos Silva. The Rays right-hander was 15-10 with a 3.91 ERA last season, and would definitely give the team a boost and help counter moves made this offseason by the Brewers, who added starters Zach Greinke and Shaun Marcum. The Cubs have been looking for an innings-eater type pitcher.

Garza is arbitration-eligible for the second time and will get a raise from his $3.35 million salary in 2010. Archer combined to go 15-3 with a 2.34 ERA in 28 games between Class A Daytona and Double-A Tennessee. He was 8-2 with a 1.80 ERA with the Smokies, and also had a 10-strikeout game in the Pan-Am Qualifying Tournament this winter. Archer was acquired from the Indians in December 2008.

Guyer batted .344 with 39 doubles, six triples, 13 homers, 50 RBIs and a .398 on-base percentage. He was the Cubs’ fifth round pick in 2007.

Lee batted .282 in 122 games with Class A Peoria. Chirinos batted .318 with 15 homers and 64 RBIs at Tennessee and hit .364 with three homers and 10 RBIs with Triple-A Iowa. Fuld has a career .285 Minor League average and has hit .252 in 98 big league games with the Cubs.

– Carrie Muskat

7 Comments

When did Hendry get axed??? Whattttt? HE pulled this deal off?!?! Gggggg (stammer, gag, hack…) ggggggooood job Jim!!! (Did I just say that?) Finally a deal that makes sense and addresses the team’s desperate need for starting pitching. Archer can become the next Greg Maddux but kudos to Hendry for pulling up a “grown-up” general manager-like trade. NOW, we need not only the bonafide lead-off man petrey is pining for but also ONE MORE starting pitcher equal to or better than Garza. Until then the Cubs will trail the Brewers and their TERRIFIC staff and offense as well as the Cards and the Reds. PITCHING, PITCHING, PITHCING. Way to go Hendry…don’t stop now, keep going as we don’t know how long your window of lucidity will last….

sweet! I would have liked to keep Hak Ju Lee (spelling?) but the others are good trade pieces… I gotta say I am so glad to see the cubs making some moves… this one definitely makes the cubs better in the short term and possibly the long term if we can keep him… anybody know more about his contract? How long will he be on our payroll? NOW GO GET THE LEADOFF MAN!!!! Spend every last penny we can on a GOOD/GREAT leadoff man… seriously a great leadoff man could put us back in the running for the NL Central…

I think Garza is under contract through the 2013 season (not 100% sure). I really like this trade. I dont think any of the prospects turn out to be studs, however I was looking forward to watching Archer this ST. They now can use Cashner in a starting role or make a decent bullpen very good and IF….I said IF Big Z can have just a decent season this rotation could be fun to watch. I wonder who is the odd man out now? I could see a couple of pitchers getting traded in the next few weeks.

Garza isn’t “under contract” through 2013, but he is under team control because he won’t be eligible for free agency until after the ’13 season. He’s arbitration eligible. Also, he Garza is not considered a No. 2 or 3 starter, but could be on the mound for the Cubs on Opening Day.

Thanks for clearing that up Carrie. Could be intresting to see what Z has to say if Garza is the opening day starter.

I hated losing Lee, but pitching wins in the playoffs. This is a step in the right direction not just for 2011 but for the future.

Ron

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Boy just when the consensus from us fans including myself that Hendry astonishingly pulled off a good deal for the much needed QUALITY starter in Garza, the more I read from other sources (i.e. MLB Trade Rumors) there is another consensus saying Hendry gave up too much. I can’t help but wonder how the Cubs would have looked in 2011 with Archer instead of Garza??? Well it takes talent to get talent so I’m not going to knock Hendry for this deal but only because it was for a a quality starting pitcher and not just a typical Hendry offensive DH type of player or a re-habbing hope for the best useless and wasteful roster spot.

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