Cubs starting pitcher Matt Garza should start packing his bags, because there’s no way he’s still with Chicago by the end of July.
Garza experienced some shoulder pain earlier in the season but is now back in the Chicago rotation. On the season, the right-hander is 4-1 through nine starts with a 3.45 ERA through 57.1 innings of work. He’ll become a free agent after the season and could be very valuable to a contending team seeking another starter.
Will Matt Garza finish the season with the Cubs?
The Nationals are one of the teams interested in Garza, according to Adam Kilgore of The Washington Post . Kilgore reports that Washington has yet to make a formal offer to acquire the right-hander, though. Ross Detwiler has pitched poorly and is currently injured, and Dan Haren is 4-9 through 15 starts.
Garza would certainly boost Washington’s chances of making the playoffs, but he’d do the same for many other organizations. ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that the Rangers, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Dodgers—unlikely after acquiring Ricky Nolasco—and Indians all have interest.
It appears Garza will be with a different franchise by this time in August. Here are three other players who should start to look for houses in other parts of the country in the coming weeks.
Yovani Gallardo, Milwaukee Brewers
The Brewers have been surprisingly horrible this season, as they’re 16 games under .500 through 88 games. Part of the problem is that some of the starting pitchers haven’t been as effective as Milwaukee has needed them to be. That being said, the Brewers should start rebuilding for the future.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that Yovani Gallardo could get dealt this summer and that the Diamondbacks are pursuing the right-hander. Heyman notes Milwaukee really needs young pitching, and Arizona would be a great trade partner, since they employ the likes of Tyler Skaggs and Randall Delgado.
Through 19 starts, Gallardo is 7-8 with a 4.85 ERA. His FIP (4.11) and xFIP (3.86), per FanGraphs, suggest that he’s pitched better than his ERA currently shows. He’s never posted an ERA higher than 3.84 throughout his entire career. Arizona could use him to make a strong push toward a playoff berth.
Michael Young, Philadelphia Phillies
How far back the Phillies are from the top of the NL East will dictate whether the organization will trade only a few players or nearly everyone of note. Either way, Michael Young will be one of the guys who leaves town. He’s a serviceable infielder who has a solid bat, and that’s exactly what contending teams are going to be looking for.
Through 82 games, Young is hitting .284/.339/.408 with six home runs, 24 RBI and 34 runs. The Yankees may be one of the teams interested in acquiring Young from Philadelphia, as Jayson Stark of ESPN reports that he saw a scout from the Bronx Bombers in attendance over the weekend:
First appearance of the weekend by a #Yankees scout in Philly. Michael Young & Carlos Ruiz could both be on NY radar screen this month.— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) July 7, 2013
Jayson Nix has played in 73 games and is only hitting .236. Kevin Youkilis is nearly always on the disabled list, and David Adams is hitting .190 in 35 games. While Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter will be back soon, the Yankees need Young to aid the left side of the team’s infield.
Alfonso Soriano, Chicago Cubs
We’ve already talked about the likely scenario of Garza getting dealt this summer.
Chicago has already traded Scott Feldman. Will Alfonso Soriano also get dealt in 2013? It seems like a long time coming for the eight-year, $136 million man, but it appears this will be the season the outfielder leaves the Cubs.
Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago recently wrote that Soriano’s trade value has increased lately, as he’s gone on a hot streak. From June 28 to July 7—nine games—Soriano hit five home runs and totaled 14 RBI. On the season, Soriano is hitting .256/.281/.443 with 12 homers and 44 RBI through 81 games.
The most important part of Levine’s article is where he reports that the Cubs would likely assume most of the remaining money on the outfielder’s deal if a team were interested in him.
Do you know what that means? See ya later, Alfonso.