MLB Trade Rumors: 10 Packages the Chicago Cubs Could Take for Matt Garza

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MLB Trade Rumors: 10 Packages the Chicago Cubs Could Take for Matt Garza
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Matt Garza

In January 2011, the Chicago Cubs acquired Matt Garza along with Fernando Perez and Zach Rosscup. Chicago sent Chris Archer, Hak-Ju Lee, Robinson Chirinos, Brandon Guyer and Sam Fuld to the Tampa Bay Rays in return. While the deal seemed steep at the time, after the season Garza had in 2011, he could be traded for even more this offseason.

According to FanGraphs, Garza finished 2011 with career bests in ERA, xFIP and WAR. With a WAR of 5.0, Garza is among the elite in the National League and should attract trade offers comparable to what Kansas City got for Zack Greinke, or slightly better than what Tampa Bay got last offseason for Garza's services.

Garza is 28, under team control for two more seasons and has improved every season. The Cubs possess a vital trade piece in a down market and can rebuild the farm by trading Garza. With the Cubs' glaring needs at multiple positions on the Major League level, Garza presents an opportunity for the team to restock and rebuild more quickly than predicted.

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