12/29 Garza hot topic

Could the Cubs deal Matt Garza? They are apparently still listening to teams interested in the right-hander. The Cubs are most likely looking for a package similar to what the Padres received from the Reds for Mat Latos and what the Athletics received from the Nationals for Gio Gonzalez, which means a lot of talented prospects. According to reports, the Blue Jays and Yankees may be the front-runners. What makes Garza attractive to the Jays and Yankees is his 23-15 record, 3.34 ERA in 56 career games vs. the AL East. Plus, he’s 7-4 with a 3.83 ERA in 19 games against the Red Sox.

Chicago helped its system by dealing Sean Marshall to Cincinnati for Travis Wood and two other players. Theo Epstein, Cubs president of baseball operations, has said Garza is “exactly the type of pitcher we want to build around” but is willing to listen as the team re-tools. They’d have to be overwhelmed to move Garza, who is under team control through 2013. Gonzalez, 26, and Latos, 24, will be under team control for at least four years.

— Carrie Muskat


Option A: Trading Garza for young, talented, long term players vs. option B: keeping him and going to the World Series wtih him during a two year window…. These options are the exact example of Epstien’s realistic view (option A) and Hendry’s un-realistic view (option B). Night and day. Thanks again to Tom Ricketts for finally getting rid of Hendry and getting somebody like Epstein with a clear, realistic, viable PLAN. If Epstein does not get the value for Garza I’m sure he will THEN and only then try to get Garza extended so he can increase the aforementioned window of opportunity of winning with him from two to five (or more?) years. But replenishing the system seems to be his first choice and we fans should be on board this drastic change of philosophy. Drastic change was what was called for and Ricketts answered the call.

SUCK NOW TO WIN LATER!!! Not exactly what I was hoping for but as long as we win later I am fine with it

Let’s just hope that “later” is APRIL. Besides, it beats suck now AND later.

Che bella idea

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