Chicago Cubs: Five players the team ‘should’ pursue this offseason
3. Matt Garza
Let’s get back to the rotation. Clayton Richard will undoubtedly provide a huge boost for the Cubs, but they shouldn’t stop there. They’ll still need a couple more ace-caliber starting pitchers. Look no further than Matt Garza.
By trading for Garza, the Cubs would not only be solving some of their rotation problems, they’d also be taking one of the best pitchers in the league away from division foe, the Milwaukee Brewers. With 12 years of MLB experience under his belt, Garza is an iron horse. It would be in the Cubs’ best interest to ride this bucking bronco back to promised land. He even comes with a full Kato Kaelin endorsement.
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Garza has previously played with the Tampa Bay Rays, managed at the time by Joe Maddon, who’s basically the Fonzie of baseball managers. So Garza would fit right in.
Like Clayton Richard, Garza also owns a better postseason ERA than Clayton Kershaw. Are you noticing a pattern here? That Kershaw guy is overrated and over-hyped.
I won’t bore you with the numbers. Matt Garza gets the job done. This mighty pitching beast has a colossal 93 wins to his name. The Cubs only won 92 games in 2017, so adding Garza would give them that extra push over the cliff. This only makes sense.
The Cubs would almost certainly have to give up a Javier Baez-caliber player if they wanted to make a run at getting Garza. But that’s the price you have to pay if you want top-tier starting pitching in this league.