Ken Rosenthal from Fox Sports is reporting that the Reds are deep in trade talks with division rival Chicago Cubs for starting pitcher, Matt Garza. Reds sources, however, are casting doubt on the deal. The Rangers and Blue Jays are also reported to be talking to the Cubs about Garza.
Garza is 28 years old and right-handed. He makes $9.5 million this year and would be under team control in his final year of arbitration in 2013. He would then become a free agent in 2014.
Garza has pitched for the Twins, the smart Tampa Bay Rays and the stupid Cubs. He has a career ERA of 3.84 and this year it’s 3.91. His advanced stats diverge. Garza sports a 4.14 FIP and 3.60 SIERA. Garza does offer valuable post-season experience, having started five playoff games while compiling a 2-1 win-loss record and 3.48 ERA.
One major complication is that Garza is currently sidelined with a fluid buildup on his tricep muscles. Don’t worry, though. The Reds medical staff is on it.
Garza, 28, has not pitched since July 21 due to fluid in his triceps area, and will not pitch again until after the non-waiver deadline at 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday. One source said earlier this week that it was “doubtful” that the Cubs would trade Garza because the club would not accept a discounted return due to his injury. However, a team such as the Reds could complete a deal for Garza if its medical staff determined that his injury is minor, and that he could join their rotation soon.
Garza apparently threw a problem-free bullpen session today.
No word yet on who the Reds would be sending to the Cubs. It would make sense for Mike Leake to be involved in the deal.