Report: Chicago Cubs' Matt Garza 'Likely' to Stay Put This Winter

Zak SchmollAnalyst IAugust 7, 2012

ST. LOUIS, MO - JULY 21: Starter Matt Garza #22 of the Chicago Cubs pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on July 21, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Matt Garza is almost definitely going to be a member of the Chicago Cubs next season—even though trade rumors have swirled around him at virtually every opportunity.

According to what general manager Jed Hoyer told Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune:

"He's likely to be a member of the Cubs in 2013," he said. "And we're excited to have him. (Trading him) is the last thing we're thinking of. We're just trying to get this guy healthy."

On one hand, this makes quite a bit of sense.

After all, Garza is definitely a good pitcher who will lead the Chicago Cubs rotation. Even though his career record is only 87-91, his career ERA is 3.84. That definitely indicates that he has been the victim of low run support.

Also, before he was injured a little while ago, he was posting his best WHIP of his career at 1.177. Throughout his career, he has put too many runners on base, but he has been good at avoiding serious trouble and allowing runs. That is evidenced by the ERA that I already mentioned.

Nevertheless, those runners should never be on base in the first place.

All of last winter, Matt Garza was rumored to be on the move, and until he got injured right before the trade deadline, many people were wondering if he would be moved at that point. The Chicago Cubs are obviously not going anywhere this season.

Garza is only 28-years-old, though, so he still potentially has time to be a part of the rebuilding process in the Windy City.


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