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Matt Garza still drawing plenty of interest

Posted on: December 31, 2011 7:36 pm
Matt Garza

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Teams still looking for a front-line starter have apparently focused in on one guy -- Cubs pitcher Matt Garza.

The 28-year-old right-hander is available as new Cubs brass focuses on rebuilding long term, while Garza's attractive not only because he went 10-10 with a 3.32 ERA for the Cubs last season, but also because he's arbitration-eligible for the next two seasons.

According to several reports, the Marlins, Tigers, Yankees, Red Sox and Blue Jays are interested in Garza. The American League East teams are particularly interested, because Garza has braved baseball's best division as a member of the Rays.

The newest name out there available for the Cubs is Toronto right-hander Kyle Drabek, Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune writes. Drabek was the main piece the Phillies sent to Toronto in exchange for Roy Halladay. Drabek, 24, was 4-5 with a 6.06 in 18 games and 14 starts for the Blue Jays in 2011.'s Jon Heyman reported the Blue Jays and Yankees have the type of pieces the Cubs are coveting for Garza. Word is the asking price for Garza is quite high, which would match what has been given up for the likes of Gio Gonzalez, Mat Latos and Trevor Cahill, although those three are under team control for longer than Garza.

The Cubs, though, don't have to act now. They can hold onto Garza and wait until a team gets more desperate during the season. It would, however, be a bit of a surprise if Garza is still a Cub in August.

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Since: Dec 5, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2012 3:35 pm

Matt Garza still drawing plenty of interest

if phil rogers said it, then it will not happen.  that guy takes it in the jaw and is usually wrong about anything he reports.  im pretty sure he has posters of epstein in his bedroom

Since: Feb 18, 2011
Posted on: January 3, 2012 10:21 am

Matt Garza still drawing plenty of interest

You're a friggin tard.  The only thing that you knocked Garza on is his WHIP which is 1.30 in his young career.  As for his ERA "fast approaching 4" he had a 3.32 ERA last year.  That is far from fast approaching 4.  In fact his ERA wasn't even over 4 when he was playing in the AL East.  He is just an unlucky pitcher.  He played on some good teams towards the end of his Rays stint but his best record was 15-10.  Last year my Cubs sucked so bad, but if they were a decent team and could score runs Garza should've won at least 15-16 games last year.  If he were to land on a NL team like the Braves or Marlins I think he could win upwards of 15 games easily with a similar 2011 ERA.  You think this guy for some reason has gotten worse over the years depite his numbers saying the opposite.  Educate yourself.

Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: January 2, 2012 7:48 pm

Matt Garza still drawing plenty of interest

He'll be a Tiger ....we have more to offer as to what they want

Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: January 2, 2012 3:03 pm

Matt Garza still drawing plenty of interest

Never been a big fan of Garza.  To me he's an average pitcher, he's given up about 1100 (hits and walks together) in only 900 innings, his ERA is fast approaching 4.00, and he is not even a .500 pitcher.  Sure he could help a few clubs, Toronto, possibly the Yanks, but I wouldn't cont on him being anything that's gong to turn a club of pitching staff around.

Since: May 26, 2007
Posted on: January 2, 2012 2:36 am

Matt Garza still drawing plenty of interest

I completely disagree. Trevor Cahill and Gio Gonzalez both have major control issues, giving up over 80 walks each last season. Gonzalez has issued 90+ walks in each of the past two seasons. Garza, by comparison, issues around 50 walks a year on average. Otherwise, they are all statistically similar.

When the stats are similar, I will always go with experience. Garza has pitched in the best division in baseball, and excelled. He has pitched in the postseason, and has not crumbled under pressure. yeah, he was 10-10 last season, but i know of at least 6 starts where he lost because his offense couldn't score 3 runs before he would leave in like the 7th inning. He was a far better pitcher than the numbers indicate. The other players are younger, yes, and therefore have theoretically higher ceilings. However, they are not yet truely known quantities. Too many pitchers have pitched well for their first 2-3 years, then flamed out (Dontrelle Willis). Garza has pitched in parts of 6 seasons, and has been consistent. I'll take that over flash any day.

Since: Jan 1, 2012
Posted on: January 1, 2012 11:26 pm

Matt Garza still drawing plenty of interest

the pirates should get him

Since: Jan 30, 2011
Posted on: January 1, 2012 8:28 pm

Matt Garza still drawing plenty of interest

I think the Cubs have an attitude that if they do not get what they feel is enough for Garza, they will keep him. He is young and could be a building piece. That said if they can get a couple of high quality prospects that could be pieces down the road it would be good. The fact is they do not have to trade Garza and a team that wants him is going to have to give up quality in return. Garza has pitched in the AL East, as well as the playoffs and has been a quality pitcher in that environment. In addition, he is only 28 years old. Gio Gonzalez has not done anything walking almost 100 last year and posted a higher ERA than Garza. Latos had a good year 2 years ago and not so good last year. In addition, both Latos and Gonzalez have pitched most of their games in large pitcher friendly ball parks.

Since: Jul 13, 2010
Posted on: January 1, 2012 6:52 pm

Matt Garza still drawing plenty of interest

there is no way garza should get as big a haul as gio or latos, they are much better pitchers who are younger and under control for alot longer. he isnt as good as gio or mat latos. idont care thats hes "battle tested". hes not as good and wont get the haul that padres and athletics got. out of all four of these pitchers named here(latos, gonzalez, cahill, garza) garza has the lowest ceiling and porobably is the worst one out of them all. only one he may be beter then is cahill.

Garza is about a good 3rd starter or an ok number 2 at best. nothing special here IMO....but i guess alot of people are looking for pitching so who knows what they can get for this overrated pitcher....

Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: January 1, 2012 10:14 am

Matt Garza still drawing plenty of interest

As a Jays fan I want Garza, he will fit nicely behind Romero and in front of Morrow, but giving up Drabek Im a little worried about, he has great stuff, once he gets his head right he might be awesome, not sure if I want to give up on him yet.

Since: Jan 25, 2009
Posted on: January 1, 2012 9:51 am

Matt Garza still drawing plenty of interest

Gio Gonzalez and Mat Latos are 'prospects' compared to Matt Garza. He proved himself in the AL East and had a good season with an awful Cubs team last year. The Cubs need to holdout for a truckload of good young talent for him. If they can't, then keep him. At age 28 he will still be in his prime for a rebuilt team down the road

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