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As Cubs look to deal, is Matt Garza next?

Posted on: December 23, 2011 4:02 pm
Matt Garza

By C. Trent Rosecrans

If I'm Matt Garza, I'm not getting too comfortable in Chicago.

During Friday's conference call to announce the trade of Sean Marshall to Cincinnati, Cubs president Theo Epstein said, "I don't think we're done" and "generally we're int he business of taking short-term assets and turning into long-term assets."

Reading between the lines it means Epstein knows the Cubs are going to stink in 2012 and hope to have a team that doesn't stink in the future.

Epstein said the team was looking at building depth in the rotation at both the minor-league and major-league levels, noting they would have "to make sacrifices."

Epstein was asked about Garza, who has been rumored to be on the trade block.

"Matt Garza is the type of pitcher you want to build around," Esptein said (via "He's a proven top-of-the-rotation guy, a proven performer in the playoffs. I think last year he had his best season, all things being equal.

"It's hard to find top-of-the-rotation guys, so if you have them, and if there's a way to keep them around, that's always compelling for the club. With that said, we've been honest. We are in a mode where we have to listen on everybody. And if there's a way to improve the long-term outlook for this club in a significant manner, we can't look past opportunities."

Epstein added the team isn't in the place where the team has to deal Garza, but as the market has shown recently with the Mat Latos and Gio Gonzalez trades, starting pitching is the most valuable commodity on the market right now and can bring back several pieces in return.

Garza made $5.9 million last season and is due a raise through arbitration for next season and is also arbitration-eligible for the 2013 season before becoming a free agent.

"We'll listen," Epstein said. "Because there's always an active trade market for top-of-the-rotation guys with multiple years of control."

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Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: January 2, 2012 9:08 pm

As Cubs look to deal, is Matt Garza next?

I agree.  You need a farm system so that you are not overpaying for everyone on the free agent market, and also so tht you can use them in trades.  The Cubs tried to win without much help from the farm and fell short, and now they are just empty.  They need to start over.  You sign the free agents because you have a solid foundation and need to add a couple of pieces.  But it is almost impossible to bypass that and get a championship without the foundation. 

Since: Jan 7, 2010
Posted on: January 2, 2012 2:42 pm

As Cubs look to deal, is Matt Garza next?

    Coudln't agree more, but the farm system should be built up first. See what you can grow without throwing around massive contracts like Hendry did. Build the farm system for a base of talent, and then focus on the free agent talent. It's going to be a long process, but if this will finally make the Cubs CONSISTENT contenders, I'll be happy to wait a little longer.

Since: Dec 27, 2011
Posted on: December 31, 2011 4:00 am

As Cubs look to deal, is Matt Garza next?

i consider myself a true fan, but theo didnt just use the damn minors.  i believe they got manny rameriez, big papi, jd drew and ALL the pitching in free agency for the ws titles.  cant win with just home grown talent.  look at brewers this year.  they have had all the offensive weapons but didnt contend until they went out and got greinke, marcum, wolf, k-rod, saito, hawkins, morgan, and betancourt!  cards needed to get berkman, holiday, furcal, and relief pitching.  takes a good farm system AND some free agents to win consistantly and be competitive

Since: Sep 29, 2008
Posted on: December 30, 2011 11:31 pm

As Cubs look to deal, is Matt Garza next?

Sox missed the playoffs Theo's last two years. He sure will spend your money though. 

Since: Jan 7, 2010
Posted on: December 30, 2011 4:14 pm

As Cubs look to deal, is Matt Garza next?

     Please be quiet. You are a fair weathered fan. A true fan sticks with his team through the good times AND the bad. This is going to be one hell of a bumpy ride, so if you are looking to jump off the wagon, I'd do it now before the Nationals' wagon passes you by. Don't claim to be a TRUE fan when you talk about liking them only when they win and shunning them when they don't.
      Does nobody see what Epstein is doing?? He is rebuilding the franchise so it can be a constant Series contender. Since 2004, how many times have the Red Sox been out of the World Series discussion?? When the Cubs first won the division in 07' they were surprises. Some doubted they could win again in 08' and they proved naysayers wrong again and made the playoffs. In 09' they were expected to win the division again and fell flat. It's ok though because a TRUE FAN won't jump ship after a hiccup. Now the Cubs are being rebuilt by the same man that ended a World Series drought for the Red Sox. Albeit he had more to work with, so it happened faster, but give Theo credit to realize that he knows he can't just sign some big name guys and expect to win a title this year (Jim Hendry syndrome). He is taking smart route and trading away short term assets for long term ones. 2 prospects and an immediate lefty starter with a high ceiling for Marshall who would probably have walked in Free Agency in two years is a great deal. All at the same time Theo is producing a team for the fans that can at least be bearable to watch while he builds up the farm system and readies the Cubs for future contention. PLUS he drove up the price for Pujols with his the point the Cardinals couldn't afford him anymore, allowing the Angels to swoop in and bring him into the AL and out of the Division....ummmmm I'd call that WINNING! Blocking a division rival from signing a franchise player.....duh....WINNING! 

True fans will wait and continue to support the Cubs. They will go to games, have fun, drink, and enjoy the games and support their team through thick and thin. Fans like Marolboro, who call for the destruction of Wrigley, need to go crawl under a rock, or otherwise jump ship to their next "favorite" team before the real Cub fans put them under said rock. 

Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 8:41 pm

As Cubs look to deal, is Matt Garza next?

For the first time in years, I'm truely excited about the direction the Cubs organization is going... my handle says it all as I created my profile here back when the Tribune Co owned by the Cubs.  The Tribune Co would always do just enough to keep the fans coming to the ballpark. If they still owned the Cubs, I would not have been suprised at all to see them sign Pujols to a 12 year deal just to get the uneducated fans all excited again when the more observant fan can see the problems stretch far further than 1st base.  Have you listened to what Theo Eptstein and Jed Hoyer are saying?  They are making moves to help this team in the long run... they are turning short term assets into long term assets.  They believe that in order to win a World Series, the team needs to be competitive and make the playoffs year in and year out.  Once they are able to build a strong franchise, they hope that one of those years the team will put it all together in October.  The Ricketts inherited a mess when they purchased the Cubs with the contracts like Soriano's, Zambrano's and Dempster's. So as some of the contracts are starting to come off the books, they could choose to buy the next top free agent and most likely take on another bad contract 4 or 5 years down the road.  Or they could do what they are doing... trading Sean Marshall's expiring contract for a young left handed starter with potential, a utlity player and a 19 year old prospect with upside.  Or how about the trade of Tyler Colvin for Ian Stewart?  Stewart was a prized prospect who has shown flashes of stardom and just hasn't been able to put it all together.  Cubs management believes he can do that with the Cubs.  Everyone makes a big deal out of Epstein, but just as important is Jed Hoyer.  What were the expectations out of the Padres 2 years ago?  Answer: Last place in the NL West  How did they fair?  Answer: 1 game away from making the playoffs.  He did this in close to the smallest market in baseball.  The key here is these guys are very good at building teams with good young core players.  When the time is right, they will spend the money on the key free agents.  Rather than jumping band wagons and rooting for the Nationals, why don't you really pay attention to what the Cubs organization is doing and support them for not trying to appease the uneducated fan.  I'm not expecting them to win this year, but rather I'm looking forward to seeing how some of these moves they make pan out.  While some of you just say, "This team is going to suck!", I'm excited as I'm finally seeing this organization make some smart moves.

Since: Jun 5, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2011 5:52 pm

As Cubs look to deal, is Matt Garza next?

I never said anything about being a cards fan. To bad they don't sell 25 games under 500 hats. I'm sure u would have one. This years cubs team might be the worst of all time and thats saying something, for a team that has not won the series in 104 years. If u want to watch a team that has already packed it, in be4 the season. Then ur part of the problem not the solution.

Since: Dec 27, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 10:17 am
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Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 9:48 am

As Cubs look to deal, is Matt Garza next?

Hey Marlboro Man, how much did that Cards cap run you?

Since: Sep 5, 2011
Posted on: December 26, 2011 10:21 pm

As Cubs look to deal, is Matt Garza next?

Marlboroman: Patient, if cub fans r one thing its patient. The money the cubs make is rediculous. They should tear down wrigley so all them fake fans will stop going to cubs games, just to see wrigley.not good baseball. I used to love wrigley when i was a kid, but then i realized the cubs have not won nothing there, nothing but bad memories.

Wow fair weather fan at its best, are you serious! So do you pick your team 1 second after that team wins the championship and then buy all thier championship swag and then say i rooted for them all year?

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