Jul 3, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Matt Garza (22) pitches against the Oakland Athletics during the eighth inning at O.Co Coliseum. Chicago Cubs defeated the Oakland Athletics 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Cubs Could Trade Matt Garza Within The Next Week

Matt Garza’s trade value is soaring higher than the fireworks that will be in the sky tonight.

Last night in his start against the Oakland Athletics, Garza earned the victory after pitching eight innings of 4-hit baseball while allowing 1 run and striking out five batters.

This was another quality start for Garza in a string that has the starting pitcher only allowing three earned runs in his last 30 innings pitched.

There is no better time for the Chicago Cubs to trade Garza than at this moment. That is what I expect that the Cubs’ front office will do.

The Cubs have been burned by Garza in the past.

The Cubs were working on a trade with the Texas Rangers last season until the starting pitcher was sidelined in July for the remainder of the season with an elbow injury. The Cubs then had the hope of the trading Garza during Spring Training until complications from the pitcher’s injury last season surfaced.

There are no more complications for the Cubs and Garza.

That is why now is the perfect time for the Cubs’ front office to strike by trading Garza.

Teams are lining up for the starting pitcher.

The Texas Rangers, San Diego Padres, and Boston Red Sox have been the teams most heavily connected to Garza.

Of those three teams, the Padres and Red Sox are believed to have the strongest interest in the Cubs’ starting pitcher. The Red Sox have had their top scout, Gary Hughes, follow the Cubs in recent weeks and Hughes was in attendance in Oakland last night as well.

The Cubs and Red Sox would be ideal trading partners. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have a direct knowledge of Boston’s farm system and that figures to benefit them when working a trade with the Red Sox.

There is one clear benefit for the Cubs. That would be to trade Garza within the next five days before any complications surface.

Tags: Boston Red Sox Chicago Cubs Matt Garza San Diego Padres Texas Rangers

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