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3 Reasons Why Matt Garza Should Hope For a Trade

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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.

TWEET OF THE DAY

  • PLCB3

    Another reason he should hope for a trade to a contender, is because if he gets into the playoffs and has a really good post-season, he can add 20-30M to his contract

    • That was surely #4.

      • Doc Raker

        It’s not about the money you idiots, don’t you listen to these guys after they sign there megamillion contracts.

      • That is counterpoint #2.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        He will also be able to pick a good school system for his kids,

  • AC0000000

    Another reason he should hope for a trade to a contender, is because if he gets into the playoffs and has a really good post-season, he can add 20-30M to his contract

  • Doug S.

    Beating the hated Braves in the 2003 NLDS is easily one of my high points as a Cubs fan. Cool that you got to go to one of the games.

  • Buddy

    MLB Network just announced Garza isn’t pitching tonight. Perhaps a deal is near?

    • Doug S.

      If you believe this.

      UPDATE 8 (4:10pm CT): Rosenthal reports that it’s Garza for Olt, C.J. Edwards, and a third player.

      • OrphanOfColtTheWhiteStocking

        and Justin Grimm

      • Chuck

        Nice haul for a 3 month rental. Good job Theo and Company! They got one of the top 3B prospects int eh game.

      • OrphanOfColtTheWhiteStocking

        and Justin Grimm

    • Seymour Butts

      So a 100% chance is less than certain? It appears Sveum also does not have much use for math.

    • Seymour Butts

      So a 100% chance is less than certain? It appears Sveum also does not have much use for math.

  • Seymour Butts

    AND… the leagues most valuable cheater is out of the line up for the Brewers … for the rest of the year!!!!

    • It’s nice when the just desserts are served.

      • Eddie Von White

        I love dessert.

      • PLCB3

        Is your favorite dinner meal dessert, where all 3 courses are dessert, including dessert?

      • Eddie Von White

        Yes, yes, and yes.

    • It’s nice when the just desserts are served.

  • Bones

    Braun should have to give his $3.7 million salary he loses to the Fed Ex guy. He lost his job because of Braun.

    • Chuck

      The guy did not do his job when millions were on the line. He deserved to be fired.

      • PLCB3

        So he can either leave it in his basement like he did, or leave it at the FedEx facility. When it arrived at the testing lab, none of the seals were tampered with or broken

      • Chuck

        Obviously it was not OK. If it was the test result would have stood and the guy would not have been fired. You clearly do not understand the real issues with that particular sample.

      • PLCB3

        So what would you have done? Left it at the FedEx place for 2 days?

      • Chuck

        YES! A MILLION TIMES YES!!!!!!
        From my experience in collecting stormwater and wastewater samples where the results of the tests associated with the samples could cause the company to spend millions of dollars to remedy, the broad procedures are as follows:
        1) Take sample and handle according to test procedure, record time and location sample was taken.
        2) Store sample in a cooler with ice per procedures. The cooler is filled with ice prior to taking samples so they are always cold.
        3) Fill out the rest of the paperwork in vehicle at test location (it is usually raining so filling out paperwork at the end of the tests is fine).
        4) Drive to either the testing lab (sign chain of custody and make them sign the chain of custody at this time) or a shipping company (again make them sign the chain of custody right there) directly from testing site. Do not go home or change out of your wet clothes. I have done this at 2 AM so you need to know where the nearest 24-hour shipping place is.
        5) Change clothes.
        6) Complain to co-workers. They call you a pansy.
        When millions of dollars are at stake, you have to do it right.

      • Gotta agree with you there, Chuck. As much as Ryan Braun is my most-detested MLB player (in my whole life in fact) and in as much as we all knew he was dirty, the tester didn’t follow the rules. If the procedures said “take the sample to Fed Ex unless Fed Ex is closed in which case you can secure it at a location of your choice” then that would be one thing. But that wasn’t the rule. It would have been a whole lot harder for Braun to appeal the unbroken seal of the testing sample sitting at the Fed Ex facility than it was to contest the unbroken seal of a package sitting in the basement of someone who is in possession of identical packing supplies and new seals. I feel really bad for the guy, but only because it was such a high profile thing. A high profile mistake is harder on the mistake-maker than an everyday mistake. But, he was still wrong.

      • P.S. Needless to say I’m thrilled with the latest turn of events. A cheater, a liar, and most of all an idiot! I like to think back to how indignant he was that anyone would dare even suspect him! Gives me a little giggle.

      • Doc Raker

        “The truth will prevail” Ryan Braun in his denial speech. Yes, Ryan the truth did prevail, now go pack your bags.

      • Eddie Von White

        The ex-Fed-Ex guy will be fine. This is America.

      • PLCB3

        He should be hit in the head with a 100 mph fastball

      • Eddie Von White

        He wouldn’t feel it b/c of the roidal effect.

      • Joe Aiello

        Day after day, I find myself more thankful you don’t run our country.

      • AC0000000

        He should be hit in the head with a 100 mph fastball

      • Gotta agree with you there, Chuck. As much as Ryan Braun is my most-detested MLB player (in my whole life in fact) and in as much as we all knew he was dirty, the tester didn’t follow the rules. If the procedures said “take the sample to Fed Ex unless Fed Ex is closed in which case you can secure it at a location of your choice” then that would be one thing. But that wasn’t the rule. It would have been a whole lot harder for Braun to appeal the unbroken seal of the testing sample sitting at the Fed Ex facility than it was to contest the unbroken seal of a package sitting in the basement of someone who is in possession of identical packing supplies and new seals. I feel really bad for the guy, but only because it was such a high profile thing. A high profile mistake is harder on the mistake-maker than an everyday mistake. But, he was still wrong.

      • Chuck

        Obviously it was not OK. If it was the test result would have stood and the guy would not have been fired. You clearly do not understand the real issues with that particular sample.

    • Chuck

      The guy did not do his job when millions were on the line. He deserved to be fired.

  • PLCB3

    This is how I feel about Bruan being suspended:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meGgSOl8470

    • Seymour Butts

      Nice, topical, and very well aimed…are you sure you don’t have too much time on your hands?

      • PLCB3

        Actually I’ve been on vacation this past week. Had a job interview/visiting my parents in Chicago

    • Seymour Butts

      Nice, topical, and very well aimed…are you sure you don’t have too much time on your hands?