Today is the next slated start for Matt Garza. It’s a start we were told he would not make. Then again, let’s face it. For the last week or two, each time his turn comes up in the rotation, we’re told it’s a start he will not make. At this point, it’s better to just react when and if something happens. Garza has stated that he would like to remain a Cub and doesn’t want to be traded. However, it is in his best interest to be traded, and here is three reasons why.

1. Potential to Win a Ring – Say what you will about players just being concerned about the money. For a lot of them, that is the case, and there’s nothing wrong with that. However, there is something special, and former players will vouch for this, about not just being in the postseason, but being the last team standing. There’s a reason why people tune into a sport they otherwise hadn’t followed all year when playoff time comes around. If you’ve ever been to a postseason game, you know what I’m talking about. I was at game one of the 2003 NCDS against the Braves in Atlanta and it was one of the best games I’ve ever been to. Fans are into every pitch. It’s magical. Garza should hope for the opportunity to experience that as much as he can before his time in this league is over. It can happen at the drop of a hat, so don’t take it for granted. He’s been to two postseasons with the Rays but has no ring to show for it. A trade t0 a contender will allow him another opportunity.

2. No Restrictions on His Free Agency – Garza will be a free agent at the end of this season. It’s doubtful that any team who trades for him will immediately work on a long term deal, so it’s very likely that he will experience free agency as one of the top arms on the market. Because of the changes in the CBA, we saw what being a top tier free agent can do to your offers, or lack thereof. Need proof? Go ask Kyle Lohse, who signed just before spring training and got narry a nibble all off-season. That puts mental strain on a player, not knowing where he will make his home. However, a player that is acquired via trade is not subject to the free agent compensation rules. It’s somewhat clear that the Cubs will take Garza back via free agency if and only if the terms are right. In other words, if you stay, there is no guarantee you don’t just play out the year and then go to free agency with that Type A free agent tag strapped to your behind. It’s better for his value to come without that string attached.

3. Can Help the Cubs Get Better – This one is obvious from a fan standpoint and team standpoint, but if Garza is serious about wanting to be in Chicago, then coming back in the off-season would still be an option. In return, the Cubs get pieces to continue to rebuild process and make Garza’s decision to come back a smarter one. We’ve saw this last year with Ryan Dempster, so the truth to the rumors that he wants to be in Chicago need to be taken with a grain of salt, but if that truley is the case, then help the team before you leave.

CUBS 3, ROCKIES 4

  • Edwin Jackson pitched decent enough to get a win, but didn’t get enough support from the offense.
  • It’s funny to watch everyone go nuts over Junior Lake on Twitter. Instead of reporting a 1-for-5 game with three strikeouts and an error, we got reports saying he’s reached base in all of his games so far this year.
  • Starlin Castro had a really nice day at the plate, going 4-for-5 with a double. Don’t look now, but his average has creeped higher than love child, Anthony Rizzo.

NEWS & NOTES

  • Our old pal, Glenallen Hill, is reportedly doing well as a minor league manager.
  • David DeJesus continued his rehab, going 1-for-4 with a double
  • Top draft pick, Kris Bryant, made his pro debut for the Arizona Summer League Cubs and went 0-for-3 with three errors at third base. Let the bashing commence. You know you wanna.

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Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers as well as host of VFTB Radio. Growing up in Chicago, he fondly remembers attending games in the bleachers before that was the popular thing to do. Currently Joe resides in North Carolina with his wife and three kids. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail