The San Francisco Giants have the seventh-highest starters ERA in baseball, so it’s only natural for the team to be pondering its alternatives.
At 40-48, general manager Brian Sabean seems hesitant to dangle any of the team’s decent prospects for a two-plus month rental, similar the the infamous Carlos Beltran-Zack Wheeler swap of 2011. It might be wise to simply let the situation play itself out. And for a side note, Wheeler pitches against the Giants on Wednesday. That’s irrelevant, however.
What is relevant is Matt Garza, who’s the top pitcher on the trade block. The Chicago Cubs right-hander has a 0.97 ERA over his last five starts (37 innings, just eight walks), and in turn, his stock is rising considerably. Additionally, the timing, at least from his perspective, couldn’t be better with the July 31 trade deadline looming.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Giants had a scout watching Garza on Monday night, when the 29-year-old threw seven innings of one-run ball against the Chicago White Sox.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July 9, 2013
As I alluded to, it’s unlikely that Sabean trades away the farm for a two-plus month rental, which Garza is. And he wasn’t cheap before, and with his latest stretch of games, he certainly isn’t cheap now.
So, San Francisco isn’t likely to mortgage its future for someone like Garza, unless there’s a good chance of him re-signing with the team this winter.