Monday, July 8, 2013
The latest on Garza
By Doug Mittler
Could Monday night’s outing against the White Sox be the last time we see Matt Garza in a Chicago Cubs' uniform?
Garza’s trade value continues to improve with each effective outing. The 29-year-old was dominant again in his last start, tossing eight innings at the Oakland Athletics and allowing just one earned run on four hits. Since struggling June 11 versus the Reds, Garza has a 3-0 record and 0.90 ERA during his past four games.
The market for Garza could heat up even more now that the Marlins have traded away righthander Ricky Nolasco. The Cubs already have traded away Scott Feldman, so they are not afraid to move quickly.
Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune says it would not be a surprise if the Cleveland Indians make a move for Garza given that manager Terry Francona is a fan of Garza's ability to pitch in big games.
Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post says the Nationals have “kicked the tires” on Garza, but talks between the teams have not progressed to the point of the Nationals offering the Cubs a formal proposal. The Nats could step up their search for a pitcher after Ross Detwiler landed on the disabled list Sunday.
The Rangers, Rockies and Giants also have been linked to the righthander.
ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney has more on the Cubs' trade options in Monday's column:
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"The Cubs continue to be at the center of the trade market: They moved outfielder Scott Hairston after moving Scott Feldman last week. Currently in the trade pipeline with 23 days to go before the deadline: Kevin Gregg, Garza, and either David DeJesus or Nate Schierholtz (in all likelihood)."