The MLB trading season is not quite here yet, but the Chicago Cubs may be off to an early start.
The Cubs are expected to be among the most active teams during this next month in regards to trades.
That activity may start soon for the Cubs.
Boston Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Cubs have received a high-degree of calls regarding starting pitcher Matt Garza and it would appear that the team is ready to pull the trigger on a trade. Cafardo suggests that the Cubs will strike quickly with a Garza trade and that it could happen well before the July 31 trade deadline.
Garza has put together an impressive string of starts as the starting pitcher has only allowed 2 earned runs over the course of his last 22 inning pitched.
For the entirety of the 2013 season, Garza is 3-1 to go along with an ERA of 3.83 and a WHIP of 1.16.
In the report, Cafardo suggests that the Baltimore Orioles are a very good fit for Garza. Prior to this time with the Cubs, Garza was a member of the Tampa Bay Rays and earned a reputation for being a successful pitcher in the American League East division.
There is no question that the Cubs should trade Garza as soon as possible.
The Cubs have attempted to trade Garza two times in the past and both times were interrupted with an injury to the starting pitcher.
In July of 2012, it was believed that the Cubs and Texas Rangers were working out the details of a trade. Though, progress to the trade being completed was quickly halted when an elbow injury sidelined Garza for the remainder of the season.
The Cubs then had the hope of trading Garza during Spring Training. However, complications from Garza’s elbow injury last season surfaced and forced the Cubs to postpone any thought of trading the starting pitcher.
If history is an indicator, the Cubs need to trade Garza before an injury prevents them from doing so.
That is indeed what the Cubs will do.
The Cubs’ front office will not be fooled by Garza for a third time.
The time to trade Garza is now. By trading Garza now, the Cubs would be securing a return similar to what the Milwaukee Brewers got for Zack Greinke when thy traded him to the Los Angeles Angels last season.