Saturday, July 6, 2013
Garza's value rising
By Jason A. Churchill
Right-hander Matt Garza continues to improve his trade value as the deadline approaches.
The 29-year-old was nails again in his last start, tossing eight solid innings at the Oakland Athletics and allowing just one earned run on four hits. Since struggling June 11 versus the Reds, Garza has cruised through four starts, surrendering but three runs.
Unless Philly makes Cliff Lee available or Jake Peavy gets healthy in a hurry and reestablishes some value, Garza is likely to be the top available starting pitcher this summer.
The Cubs will weigh the top trade offers against keeping Garza for the rest of the season, tendering him a qualifying offer over the offseason -- which is expected to be worth around $14 million -- and receiving draft-pick compensation should he sign elsewhere.
Clubs believed to be in the market for starting pitching help include both teams in Los Angeles as well as the San Francisco Giants, Colorado Rockies and Texas Rangers. The Cleveland Indians could also show interest and despite picking up Scott Feldman from the Cubs just a few days ago, the Baltimore Orioles could see Garza as a nice fit at the top of their starting five.
The Marlins may move Ricky Nolasco first, which would only drive up the price for Garza, thanks to the lack of available arms.
Buster Olney of ESPN The Magazine explains why Garza's trade return this month should be worth more than a compensation pick:
Buster OlneyWhy Cubs should deal Garza?
"Rival evaluators believe the Cubs will move [Garza] quickly. They should be able to get more than the value of a first-round draft pick, given Garza's history of pitching successfully in the AL East. Besides the NL West teams, the clubs interested are said to be the Rangers and Orioles. Keep in mind that anytime the Padres engage with the Cubs, they could have a slight advantage because some of Chicago's front office -- most notably, GM Jed Hoyer -- came from San Diego and knows the team's farm system well."