Saturday, June 22, 2013
How Garza's performance impacts Cubs
By Jason A. Churchill
Chicago Cubs right-hander Matt Garza has been up and down since returning from the disabled list in late May, but his most recent outing is the type that is going to help enhance his trade value for the Cubs.
Garza was lit up on June 11 against the Cincinnati Reds, yielding nine earned runs in five innings, thanks to three long balls. He's rebounded his last two times out, though, tossing seven scoreless frames at the New York Mets, followed y eight innings of one-run, eight-strikeout ball against the Houston Astros Friday. Those are the kinds of performances that add momentum to the right-hander's chances to be moved to a contender this summer.
The Cubs were in rebuilding mode entering 2013, and they're already out of it this season, so they'll be sellers at the deadline -- if not sooner, as ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney writes.
Garza could be joined on the trade block by outfielders Alfonso Soriano and David DeJesus and right-hander Scott Feldman, among others.
Garza may have the most value, however.
He'll hit free agency after the season despite some rumblings last spring that the two sides each considered a contract extension, and contenders are always looking for pitching. The 29-year-old's value still is very much up in the air after starting the season on the disabled list. He'll get as many a handful more starts before the deadline, and every one of them will have an impact on where he ends up and what kind of return the Cubs can acquire.
Among the clubs that could have interest include the Texas Rangers, San Francisco Giants, New York Yankees, Baltimore Orioles and Cleveland Indians.