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Garza talks heating up on the hot stove

by Adam Cumbee | Posted on Wednesday, December 28th, 2011
| 651 baseball fanatics read this article

The Cubs aren't exactly bending over backwards to deal Matt Garza. (Chris Sweda/ Tribune)

Despite the newly minted Cubs brass duo of Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer — or Hoystein (see what I did there?) — claiming that Matt Garza is the “type of player you want to build an organization around,” they may have been doing so to remind other teams just how good the 28-year-old spark plug actually is.

According to David Kaplan, an analyst on Comcast Sports Chicago, the Yankees, Red Sox and Blue Jays are all interested. The Yankees and Red Sox had obvious pitching holes last season (say what you want about Beer and Chickengate 2k11, pitching really hurt the Red Sox). The Blue Jays are slowly adding the pieces to regularly compete in the AL East which we might need to rename the Showstopper Division if all teams are at their best.

Either way, the asking price for Garza is said to be “extremely high.” After huge trades involving Gio Gonzalez, Mat Latos and Trevor Cahill this offseason, the Cubs are looking to move Garza for a similar package of talent. For all of the North Side fans, a complete rebuild is in the works. It may not be pretty to watch, but instead of the rent-a-team theory Jim Hendry worked with, Hoystein is looking to build a long-term solution so the Cubs can succeed for a long time.

Should the Cubs hold onto Garza, he will be the ace of a rotation that will need a lot of craftiness and veteran leadership. Regardless of how it plays out, some team is going to have a very good pitcher who can light up the fastball, bend some knees with a slider and keep his teammates rolling on his off-days.

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Adam received a BA in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. While attending Whitewater, he served as the Sports Director and primary announcer for all UW-W athletics including their national champion football and baseball programs. After graduating as the voice of the Warhawks, Adam has moved on to announcing for a minor league hockey team, the Chicago Express. He has always loved baseball though, and still plays to this day. While you may not see the 6'2 lefty pitching on your TV any time soon, you may see his name at the top of some riveting Chicago Cubs news...and let's be honest, some pretty ridiculous news too (we're looking at YOU Zambrano). He does not believe in the "wait till next year" mantra, he lives it...and that's dedication, holmes.



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