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Red Sox looking for pitching; eyeing Matt Garza

Posted on: July 11, 2011 12:31 pm
Edited on: July 11, 2011 5:23 pm
 
Garza

By Evan Brunell

The Red Sox are on the hunt for pitching and are eyeing Matt Garza of the Cubs, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Garza is certainly a good target for Boston as the club is scrambling for pitching. After opening the year with what was thought to be a deep rotation with Jon Lester, Josh Beckett, Clay Buchholz, John Lackey and Daisuke Matsuzaka, the latter four have either been injured or ineffective at points this season. Lately, their rotation has been a mish-mash of backups keeping the club in contention, so it's no surprise the Red Sox are targeting a pitcher. It's also no surprise that a big name like Garza is being targeted, as he is battle-tested in the AL East and would give the BoSox a fearsome rotation in coming seasons.

The one problem is that the Cubs, despite a 37-55 record, have eyes on competing sooner rather than later. With Garza locked up through 2013 through arbitration, Chicago is in no rush to deal Garza.

That doesn't mean it's impossible. The 27-year old is making $5.95 million this year and sure to see that contract skyrocket to at least double figures by the end of 2013. Even though the Cubs can afford that deal, it's still a pretty penny to pay. To deal Garza, the Cubs are going to ask for an arm and a leg -- right around what they gave up. That includes a major-league ready arm to replace Garza.

You won't see Boston dealing Buchholz anytime soon, but the BoSox could offer up Felix Doubront or Kyle Weiland, two young starters who have already made their major-league debut. While their ceilings are nowhere as high as Garza's is, they are capable of being middle-of-the-order starters. The Red Sox can also part with other young players, perhaps right fielders Josh Reddick or Ryan Kalish, given the club will need a right-fielder after the season. If the Cubs want to save some money in 2011, they could send Kosuke Fukudome to the Red Sox along with the remaining balance of his $14.5 million deal. As logical as that would be, Fukudome is a left-handed hitter, and the Red Sox need a right-handed outfielder.

Still, the pieces remain there for a trade to be consummated if both sides have the desire. It will be difficult to get any type of deal done, but it can happen.

Garza is currently racking up a 4.26 ERA, but his 2.86 xFIP indicates he's a much better pitcher than his ERA indicates. He's struck out 99 batters in 95 innings, walking 33. As a member of the Rays from 2008-10, he's no stranger to the AL East and has shown his ability to handle the pressure of the division, which makes him all that much more attractive to Boston.

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hotmeuly
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Posted on: December 21, 2011 11:18 pm
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Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: July 13, 2011 3:29 pm
 

Red Sox looking for pitching; eyeing Matt Garza

Not sure why the Cubs would seriously consider trading Garza at this point (and I doubt that they really are......any team out of contention is willing to answer the phone).  He might be the most valuable part of the rotation if the Cubs want to "compete" next year.  Zambrano and his fat contract however are available!



Since: Jun 9, 2008
Posted on: July 12, 2011 12:21 pm
 

Red Sox looking for pitching; eyeing Matt Garza

where does the article say anything about panicking? it say scrambling witch doesnt equal panicking. With 55 wins at the break i think although there are issues noone is "panicking". 



Since: Jul 7, 2010
Posted on: July 12, 2011 11:23 am
 

Red Sox looking for pitching; eyeing Matt Garza

Call Frank Wren (Braves GM).for the right price (nothing) you can have D Lowe.



Since: Dec 28, 2010
Posted on: July 12, 2011 11:21 am
 

Red Sox looking for pitching; eyeing Matt Garza

"Wow panic mode is Boston.  All the sudden they have no depth?  When thier fans get on here everynight and talk about how deep and quality this team is.  They have more questions then the Yankees.  Also you will never win when you have a guy like Papelbon on your team.  Remember baseball "revolves" around him."    &
nbsp; - Ah this was written by a reporter....Not Boston Fans......No panic in a team that hass 55 wins but it is enjoyable to have a team that continues to try to better itself and not just take ticket and merchandise money and put it in the owners pocket and put a crappy team out there.......Very Glad to have the Red Sox in Boston.... They care about their fans unlike so many other teams that just want money...   You pretty much just sound jealous! Ahh Boston......We have the Bruins Yes world champs, The Celtics 20 CHAMPIONSHIPS, The Red Sox who are good every year and the Patriots who are good every year....NUMBER ONE SPORTS TOWN with the best fans and the best clubs!  
  


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Posted on: July 12, 2011 11:03 am
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Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: July 12, 2011 8:09 am
 

Red Sox looking for pitching; eyeing Matt Garza

It would seem contrary to me if the Cubs trade away Matt Garza to the Red Sox...after all, they just signed him for this year. If they do trade him, I would think the Cubs fans would be up in arms because Garza was part of the rebuilding process. I agree the Cubs should dump but who in their right mind would take him and his salary plus the Red Sox are looking for a right handed hitter. Seems strange to me, but in baseball, you never know.


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