7/8 Matt Garza rumors

Matt Garza has been rumored to be traded since Spring Training. Could the Cubs keep the right-hander and sign him to a long-term deal? CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman reported Monday the Cubs have talked to Garza’s agents about a possible long-term contract. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal confirmed that the Cubs and Garza have had recent talks. Rosenthal reported that signing Garza has always been one of the Cubs’ options. The team also could make him a one-year qualifying offer at the end of the season.

Garza is considered the top pitcher available on the trade market, and there is still time before the July 31 deadline for teams to make a deal with the Cubs. One scout told MLB.com that because Garza will be a free agent at year’s end, and a possible short-term rental, teams don’t want to give up top top prospects in exchange. The Cubs, obviously, are looking for top prospects.

The Rangers, Red Sox, Indians, Rockies, Giants, Padres, Nationals and Cardinals all need starting pitching, and the number of scouts has increased each time Garza pitches. Garza, who is making $10.25 million this year, will be a free agent after this season, and could demand a deal similar to what Anibal Sanchez got — five years, $80 million.

Garza will be on the mound Monday night when the Cubs face the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field in a makeup game.

– Carrie Muskat

4 Comments

Any team that is both committed to a World Series appearance AND are already “close” should be willing to give up a top prospect or two for Garza, a pitcher that can put them over the top. Signing him for a few years or longer will be a mistake for the Cubs as our Cubs will be better year after year but not good enough to BE in a position to sign a pitcher like Garza to put THEM over the top. The Cubs must become contenders first and then sign a pitcher LIKE Garza to make the playoffs. Getting better first means bringing in top prospects. I would imagine it will take at least three more years for the Cubs to be in a position to even NEED a pitcher like Garza and then THEY can trade for that pitcher. Plus, I don’t trust Garza’s ability to stay healthy.

Joey, there is always a chance of anyone getting hurt, especially pitchers. I tend to agree with you on Garza, he seems a little sensitive. However, 3 years down the road Garza could be an ace, he could be a 2nd or 3rd starter or he could be on the DL.
I am putting it out there now, I trust whatever Hoyer decides to do. Sign him and keep him. Sign him because another team wants a couple years commitment before trading for him.

Sure, I agree if signing him for two or three years will help his trade value that would make sense as long as it’s done quickly so he can be traded quickly as I believe keeping him on the team for two to three years will not be quite long enough for him to realize the benefit of the up and coming youngsters. And if signed to a 4-5 year deal (chances are much better the Cubs WILL be contending by then) I don’t like the chances of him staying healthy. It’s a tough call, if Garza had The Shark’s endurance it would be a slam dunk 5 year deal and see ya’ in the World Series! He’s got to get traded while the gettin’ is good.

Cant debate with a guy that has his mind made up. The only thing I have against Garza is the first thing in ST, he hurts a lat and is out two months. In my mind, this game is a job for those who play it.
Be ready to do your job!! If that means start stretching a week before ST, just do it. That really irritated me.

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