Cubs trading Garza or not?

by Paul Raymond | Posted on Monday, July 8th, 2013

There seems to be some confusion out of Chicago as Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is reporting that the Chicago Cubs are considering keeping Matt Garza. Just yesterday we mentioned how the Washington Nationals were showing interest in Garza, like many other teams. This is pretty hard to believe after six months of non-stop talk of the Cubbies trading Garza at the deadline.

In what could be a dramatic turnaround, the Cubs are now considering keeping righthanded starter Matt Garza on the North Side of Chicago.

Cubs officials recently have broached such a possibility, though one person familiar with the situation suggested a multiyear deal isn’t necessarily likely at this pint and that a gap still exists in discussions. While a trade still remains an option for Garza, for the first time in more than a year there are discussions about possibly signing Garza long-term. It had been presumed for weeks he would be traded for sure.

The Cubs could also trade Garza, then try to re-engage him in the winter, another distinct possibility. (Jon Heyman of CBS Sports)

In my opinion there are three scenarios here:

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1. Theo Epstein is throwing up a smoke screen here. He’s wanting other teams to think he’s going to keep Garza in an attempt to get a better haul.

2. Theo really does want Garza on his team and is now willing to pay up.

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3. I’m thinking this is the most likely. The Cubs are continuing to shop Garza while also negotiating an extension. Esptein would be able to gauge how much money Garza wants in free agency and hopefully negotiate that next contract. Theo would then trade Garza for pieces and hope that Garza then signs back with them in the off season.

Number three is far fetched and could potentially get the Cubbies in trouble but would it really surprise anyone?

Regardless of what’s going on here this is very strange. Garza was on the trading block for so long and now the Cubs want to keep him? It just makes no sense, no sense at all.

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  1. […] Contract talks between the Chicago Cubs and Matt Garza have broken down and now the starting pitcher has been told a trade is likely. A trade being likely is of no surprise, the surprise was that the two sides were talking about a contract extension after two years of trade rumors. Now that that’s done it’s time to go back to the trade rumors. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that there are four, maybe more, that are interested while ESPN Dallas says that two teams are favorites. One thing that’s for sure is that whatever team acquires Garza will be a favorite at The Sports Geek whenever he pitches and rightfully so. […]

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