Latest trade talks - Matt Garza to Sox?

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The Red Sox are currently in trade talks with the Cubs over Matt Garza, according to CSNNE. His appeal to the Red Sox? He pitched in the AL East with Tampa for 3 years, posting a 34-31 record in 95 appearances and a 3.86 ERA in 592 1/3 innings during that span, according to CSNNE. This season, he has made 9 starts for the Cubs, with a 4-1 record and a 3.45 ERA according to CSNNE. Let's take a look at the pros and cons of possibly bringing Garza to the Red Sox, shall we?

He's a solid pitcher who could bring stability to a rotation that has had it's issues this season, especially at the top. Clay Bucholz has been injured, and while he's been dominant when he's taken the ball, it is unclear when he'll return to the rotation. Allen Webster has been mediocre when he's pitched in Bucholz's spot, but he has had moments of brilliance. Jon Lester has been a model of inconsistency this season, but I do think he has turned a corner. I'm just wondering if he'll go back to throwing 100 pitches in 5 innings. John Lackey, Ryan Dempster, and Felix Doubront have had some great performances in June, but the rotation still has some room to improve. That's where Garza could come in. That is, if we could land him. According to CSNNE, the Red Sox face stiff competition.

With most big name free agents, I wonder what we may have to trade in veteran players or prospects to get him. The Cubs might decide to ask for one or two top prospects. Since Matt Garza isn't as big of a star as Cliff Lee, for example, we might get away with less. Still, Garza is a good pitcher and the Cubs might decide to put a steep asking price on him in terms of prospects. That's the only potential pitfall I can see if we were to go after him, though, so I say go for it.

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Conor Frederick
Contributing Writer