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Recent talks probably won't keep Garza in Chicago

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07:17 AM ET 07.09 | Might righty Matt Garza be staying on the North Side of Chicago, after all? Garza opened some more eyes Monday with a strong showing on the South Side, allowing two runs, just one earned, over seven innings while picking up the victory. He entered 3-0 with a 0.90 earned-run average in his previous four starts. ... Garza will be a free agent and is expected to hit the market no matter where he winds up. The latest wrinkle in the Garza sweepstakes was a report by CBSSports.com that the Cubs have spoken to Garza's agent about a possible extension. A team source confirmed the talks but said the sides were far apart in their estimation of Garza's value, and a trade still is likely to happen in the next three weeks.

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Matt Garza, Icon Sports Matt Garza, Icon Sports
July 9, 2013  08:50 AM ET

Garza would not put the Cubs over the top by keeping him, so you trade him for prospects and try to catch up with the rest in your division.

July 9, 2013  09:29 AM ET

If Cubs trade Garza they could get some decent prospects for him. Don't just trade him to first team to make an offer. look at who has better offer of prospects that would better help the Cubs sooner. There will be plenty of teams wanting Garza.

July 9, 2013  10:16 AM ET

Keep him for four more starts before trading him. Other teams want a longer look at him anyway

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July 9, 2013  10:38 AM ET

The article did say that Garza will be exploring free agancy at the end of the season, no team in baseball will be given-up prospects for someone that will hit the free agancy market (Garza will be a free agent and is expected to hit the market no matter where he winds up.)
Unless a deal can be made with a team to keep Garza, I don't see Garza leaving the Cubs in a trade. I have seen some stupid trades in the past so it may still happen. LOL!

July 9, 2013  10:55 AM ET

This is the problem with baseball now: players come and go so much you have no time to learn who they are or build team loyalty. At a certain point, you have to go with who you have.

July 9, 2013  11:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Garza should bring a small haul to the Cubs' farm system.

I don't see them getting much at all. He will most likely be just a 2 month rental, with health concerns. On top of that the team that acquires him will not even be entitled to a draft pick when he leaves. The best scenario for the Cubbies is to hold on to him and take the 1st round pick themselves when he leaves.

July 9, 2013  11:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I don't see them getting much at all. He will most likely be just a 2 month rental, with health concerns. On top of that the team that acquires him will not even be entitled to a draft pick when he leaves. The best scenario for the Cubbies is to hold on to him and take the 1st round pick themselves when he leaves.

Judging from the nothings they received for Dempster and Maholm last year, I would probably agree

July 9, 2013  11:32 AM ET

there are some teams who could use a pitcher to help some teams win their division or get a team get to playoffs. giving up some minor league talent to acquire a starting pitcher.
Some teams who might be interested would be Ariz. Balt. Oakland and Tex. just to name a few. SD might also be interested. Not sure who has what prospects the Cubs would be interested in. The teams wanting a starting pitcher, it would be better if that team could work out a tentative contract with Garza now and not have to get into a bidding war for him in free agency. besides if those teams like padres are finally in a position in a fairly weak division, waiting for Garza in free agency would not help Padres at end of season.

July 9, 2013  12:03 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

The article did say that Garza will be exploring free agancy at the end of the season, no team in baseball will be given-up prospects for someone that will hit the free agancy market (Garza will be a free agent and is expected to hit the market no matter where he winds up.)Unless a deal can be made with a team to keep Garza, I don't see Garza leaving the Cubs in a trade. I have seen some stupid trades in the past so it may still happen. LOL!

hmmmmmm ... reminds me of a Texas team ... ummmmm ... the Rangers, me thinks ... mmmmmm ... and a pitcher named ... ummmmmmm ... Cliff Lee

he made it clear he was gonna' explore FA ... and did, but that didn't stop the Rangers from making a deal for a half year rental, although, I do believe the Rangers really, really thought they could sign him ... go figure ...

July 9, 2013  12:04 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Judging from the nothings they received for Dempster and Maholm last year, I would probably agree

Dempster was worthless ... can't speak of Maholm ...

July 9, 2013  12:07 PM ET

I agree . if a player wants to play or be traded management has a problem with that. but management has no problem saying that you have been traded or we will not renew your contract at end of season.

July 9, 2013  12:15 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Dempster was worthless ... can't speak of Maholm ...

he still is.

July 9, 2013  12:47 PM ET

Look at the "bounty" the Rays got for Garza two years ago. A utility outfielder in Fuld, a bottom of the rotation guy in Archer, a slap hitting shortstop in Hak Ju Lee and some minor league throw aways.

And the Cubs will get less.

July 9, 2013  12:56 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Dempster was worthless

11 quality starts so far. 4.04 era in the AL East. 3.33 ERA in his last 8 starts, 7 of them quality. Hardly worthless. He is currently giving them everything the going rate of his contract called for when they signed him.

Of course, no guarantees can be made when he hits the playoffs. He will suddenly become Matt Clement then. lol

July 9, 2013  02:16 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Garza would not put the Cubs over the top by keeping him, so you trade him for prospects and try to catch up with the rest in your division.

The Cubs could trade Garza for the 27 Yankees and still figure out a way to lose.

July 9, 2013  05:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

The Cubs could trade Garza for the 27 Yankees and still figure out a way to lose.

The cubs or any lowly club, should be able to win championships with the right chemistry and right strategy as well right GM/right manager/ now days the managers and coaches are too passive when playing the game, it seems as if they do not care about the competition any more :-) :-) --:-)

July 9, 2013  06:00 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

The Cubs could trade Garza for the 27 Yankees and still figure out a way to lose.

Agreed, they'd have Herb Pennock batting cleanup...

July 9, 2013  07:02 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

The Cubs could trade Garza for the 27 Yankees and still figure out a way to lose.

That's because the 27 Yankees would be a gaggle of sub standard ballplayers compared to the athletes that are playing today. It would be like a team full of Darwin Barney's. They already have that

 
July 9, 2013  10:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#19):

That's because the 27 Yankees would be a gaggle of sub standard ballplayers compared to the athletes that are playing today. It would be like a team full of Darwin Barney's. They already have that

Baseball in the 1920's. All day games when it is harder to see and no batting helmets. All travel by train.More minor league teams with players hungry to take your job.

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