By Joe McDonald at 28 June, 2013, 9:50 am
The Cubs had a simple ask of Matt Garza this year: get healthy soon, righty, and start pitching well so we can ship you out of town. You love it when a plan comes together.
The Fresno State product was on point in Thursday's victory at Milwaukee , allowing just one run over seven innings and striking out 10. It's the third straight time Garza's hit the mark, a stretch where he's yielded just two runs over 22 innings. He's a free agent after the season and very much on the block, with a bunch of contenders (mostly NL clubs) sniffing around.
A host of NL West clubs have specifically been mentioned as possible Garza landing spots; the Dodgers and Padres would be preferred for roto teams, the Rockies not so much. Just getting out of Chicago would likely be a boost for Garza, assuming he didn't land in an extreme hitters park like Coors Field. If I were shuffling starting pitchers right this second, I'd probably have Garza in the $15-16 range. If the Padres won the lottery, I'd go a buck or two higher.