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drowg14
09-11-2011, 10:47 PM
Around the trade deadline there was quite a bit of talk surrounding the desire to trade for James Shields. Some of that talk has lingered. While I agree that this could be a wise decision, the question is how many prospects we would have to give up to acquire him. Another pitcher of interest, who has very similar numbers to Shields, could be Matt Garza.

According to Cot's, Garza signed a 1 year contract with the Cubs for the 2011 season. http://mlbcontracts.blogspot.com/2005/01/chicago-cubs_112114177768677294.html

It appears to me that he still has 1 year left of arbitration, however he might be had for less prospects than Shields. The Cubs should enter a rebuilding process this offseason, which could take several years due to some lengthy contracts they still have on the books. A few decent prospects might be able to pry someone like Garza away. The one downside to this is trading within the division. But the Cubs won't be competitive during the Joey Votto years so that shouldn't be of high concern at the moment.

As far as the similarity between Garza and Shields, here are some statistics taken from Fangraphs for 2011 (valid up to 9/11/2011).
(http://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=3340&position=P for Garza)(http://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=7059&position=P for Shields)

K/9 Garza - 9.27 Shields - 8.46
BB/9 Garza - 3.09 Shields 2.23
HR/9 Garza 0.65 Shields - 0.91
GB% Both - 46.7%
HR/FB Garza - 7.9% Shields - 10.9%
xFIP Garza - 3.17 Shields - 3.10

While Shields has pitched more innings, they match up pretty favorably. Garza is even a couple years younger than Shields.

I am not necessarily saying we should go out and try and trade for Garza this offseason. I more just wondering how you all would feel about Garza as a Red.