New York Yankees Trade Rumors: Opinions Wanted On Matt Garza New York Yankees Trade Rumors: Opinions Wanted On Matt Garza New York Yankees Trade Rumors: Opinions Wanted On Matt Garza

New York Yankees Trade Rumors: Opinions Wanted On Matt Garza

Chicago Cubs pitcher Matt Garza is the latest name floating around the Yankees Universe, as the Chicago Cubs are supposedly willing to hear trade offers for the right-hander according to Tom Loxas over at Cub Insider and confirmed via tweet from ESPN’s Buster Onley.

Here are Garza’s numbers from 2010-2011 (all stats compliments of


The Yankees, along with the other 29 MLB teams are shopping in a pitcher’s market, which means no Black-Friday or Cyber-Monday sales this off-season.

In terms of Garza, his age is right on as he just turned 28-year old, but can he handle the heavy-hitting AL East now?

Garza spent his first two seasons in Minnesota, until the Twins traded him to the Tampa Bay Rays where he was from 2008-2010.

Any baseball fan knows that 2008 was the year the Rays went from bottom feeders to AL East champs. Garza went 11-9 with a 3.70 ERA and throwing 185 innings during the regular season; and in the 11 wins his ERA was 0.64.

The Rays made it to the World Series in 2008, and Garza took home the ALDS MVP honors after he beat-up the Boston Red Sox. Also, last season the Rays avoided getting swept by the Rangers the night Garza took the hill, so he definitely has exhibited postseason success.

So, how has Garza fared vs. the AL East teams from 2008 till now?

Take a look (all stats compliments of

Garza’s numbers are just so-so against the AL East, but scouts say that he should be better but just hasn’t been. He features a two and four-seam mid-90’s fastball, a curveball that is wicked far less than hittable, a decent change-up and a slider.

Garza improved from being a pop-up to a ground-ball pitcher before coming into hitter friendly Wrigley Field, but in even more batter friendly Yankee stadium without more improvement….it could spell disaster.

He does have youth on his side, as remember that Cliff Lee did not come into his own till age 28-29.

Matt Garza

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Still, Garza’s baby steps are only slightly reassuring because he did fast track from the minors in one season. He is entering his seventh season in the Majors and still hasn’t made that huge leap forward yet.

It would seem as of today that Garza is just an innings eater, who has allowed 86 home-runs in his last four seasons but only 14 were from 2011.

Garza doesn’t excite me at all, but that seems to be the trend for pitching this off-season.

Do I need to lower my standards?


Looking at the Cubs my guess is GM Theo Epstein’s price would start with Eduardo Nunez to fill a hole either at third or second base.

Well to bad for Theo, as Yankees GM Brian Cashman has Nunez penciled in to take over at shortstop for Jeter; and Cashman also texted ESPN’s Wallace Matthews “Don’t waste your breath,” when ask about Nunez being traded.

Epstein can cross-off pitching prospects Dellin Betances and Manuel Banuelos off the list too, as both lefties have star potential that is too ripe to give up.

Too bad that Jesus Montero, who the Yankees are willing to part with, doesn’t make sense for Chicago. The Cubs already have a starting catcher named Geovany Soto, and with no need for a DH in the NL, Montero stock becomes obsolete.

Brett Gardner’s name has been speculated by a lot of Cub fan hopefuls, but who would not love to get their paws on him.

I mean who wouldn’t want the guy (Gardner) that Phillies skipper Charlie Manuel described as, “…. a little guy, a speed guy. He knows how to play. He gets up, guy throws him a fastball out away from him.”

With a weak Cubs farm system, my guess is Theo’s first priority will be to restock it with young talent and the Yankees have a ton of it.

Whether the Yankees top prospects are Garza worthy is a whole different story.

I am not sold on giving up any of the élite Yankee prospects for a mid-level pitcher, who essentially is still waiting to hit his real potential.

What about a package of second tier guys?

Doubtful knowing the lack of pitching on the market, as the Yankees like any other team will get screwed and have to give more than normal for Garza-types.

That scenario doesn’t sit so well with me now.

Look, trading Garza is not like trading for Curtis Granderson; so my opinion on this is negative.

PLEASE feel free to try to convince me otherwise, as I know that the Yankees do need but nothing seems to fit.


  1. Kevin says:

    I agree I would not give up top tier prospects for him but I would give up Nunez. I personally would like them get more aggressive about Gio.

    • LLP says:

      Kevin, I think Nunez will develop with time. He was tossed around the infield in 2011 with the injuries to Jeter and A-rod, so he didn't clock enough time to be deemed ineffective. No doubt Nunez made more errors than I was comfortable with but hopefully he is working his ass off to make sure that doesn't happen or get worse. In time…..but not worth moving unless it is King Felix or Tim Lincecum.

  2. d-mets says:

    This is just unfortunately a bad pitching market, and not just for the Yankees. Any team who acquires one of the "top available" pitchers will most certainly over-pay or over-trade for them.

    Just so you know….it said that Cashman said no way to Nunez going anywhere and Nunez is a top prospect….last time I checked.

  3. Frank Spero says:

    the second line of this article says it all "right hander" we need left handers

    • LLP says:

      I agree Frank, but regardless I would love an ace righty or lefty. And this off-season just doesn't offer anything close to that talent-wise, considering a team will certainly be paying ace-like money.

  4. Joe P. says:

    I'm not a big Garza fan and I definitely prefer to keep our prospects over a trade for Garza. If I'm Cashman I'm going after the most reliable guy available…Mark Buehrle. MB is a very good lefty who is a lock to eat up innings and has spent his entire career in the AL. A 3-4 year contract at $16-17 million is fine by me considering what they gave AJ, who has not been worth it. MB is a steady, dependable pitcher who could win 20 with the Yankees. He's also a great clubhouse presence by all accounts and would be a big help to the younger pitchers in my opinion. Get MB and there's no need to look for any addirional starting pitching. Then trade AJ to anyone who'll take him! CC, Nova, Buehrle, Hughes, Garcia would be the rotation with youngsters waiting in the wings if the need arises.

    • LLP says:

      Joe I totally agree with you, but from what I understand Buehrle wants more like 5-6 years. And unfortunately the pitchers hold the full deck of cards this off-season, as they are always team's desperate for pitching and with no aces to contest with, Buehrle and Wilson go from decent to in-demand free agents.

  5. Tanned Tom says:

    Yes, I trade for Garza if the price is right. They key to any acquisitions is that the Yanks feel they have guys who will be starters in 2 or 3 years, so they won't go longer than that for free agents or trades. Garza makes sense because he's signed for 2 more years, perfect time-wise. I'm very undecided about Nunez, his fielding has been awful. Unlike hitting, where a player is facing progressively tougher pitchers, with fielding you're making the same plays you made in Little league. If a guy can't make routine plays at SS by now, the odds are he never will. So I wouldn't let Nunez scuttle any deal for a #2 starter like Garza. If Cashman really thinks Nunez is the next SS, then the rest of the deal has to be sweeter.
    How about Nunez, Burnett and Romine for Garza, Zambrano and S. Marshall?

    • LLP says:

      I see your point Tanned Tom but I disagree about Nunez…..he has not logged enough time to make a call on his worth yet. Nunez made 14 errors in the 50 games he played shortstop, and out of those he started 39 of them.

      In 1996 Jeter had 22 errors in his 156 starts at shortstop; in 1997 Jeter started at short 159 times and committed 18 errors. I know that is not as bad as Nunez but he needs to play a full season at shortstop to really get an idea of his value because consistency at the position would allow him to either adjust or not.

      Regarding Jeter vs. Nunez offensively, they actually match-up when comparing Jeter at his age. Nunez might seem better but that is only because Jeter slumped so badly at the end of 2010 till he became Mr. 3000.

      I don't think Nunez should be traded right now, instead reassess him at the All-Star Break and if he is still fumbling on defense and if there are options available than trade him. I believe that Nunez will get better just needs a little more time.

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