Boston Red Sox Should Trade For Matt Garza

by Frank Pimentel | Posted on Monday, June 27th, 2016
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The Boston Red Sox are in trouble. They can’t just keep pedalling Clay Buchholz out to the mound every fifth day and cross their fingers. Boston dropped two of three in Texas after losing three out of four at home against Chicago. Their bench is weak due to injuries, especially in left field. The bullpen is a question mark at best and outside of their first three starters, the rotation is on life support.

The Red Sox are four games out in the division and while President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski recognizes the need to make a deal, those types of trades are hard to come by a month out of the trade deadline with so many teams still “in contention.” Dombrowski when speaking to the media after Sunday afternoon’s loss made it clear that Boston is looking, but with so few teams looking forward to next year, deals are hard to come by.

So for now, the Red Sox are in need of an arm, and can’t afford to wait until the deadline. I propose they call the Milwaukee Brewers on Matt Garza. The veteran right-hander missed the start of the season, but is healthy now and 1-0 with a 2.81 ERA in his first three starts over 16 innings.

It’s not the splash many would hope, but it’s much more feasible for the time being and allows Boston to get out from Clay Buchholz. Hell, maybe they can even package Buchholz for Garza. Get him out of Boston and to the National League. Garza currently makes $12.5 million a season this year and next, with a $13 million vesting option for 2018. The money is very comparable to that of Buchholz.

Garza pitched in the AL East for part of his career spending three years with the Tampa Bay Rays. He was a teammate of David Price, who could perhaps use another familiar face in the room as he’s still getting accustomed to lifestyle in Boston. Garza won 15 games for the Rays back in 2010 and has proven to be a viable major league starter that gives his team the chance to win each time out, and the Red Sox are in dire need of someone to do just that.

The Red Sox have been linked to Ryan Braun, and while a deal of that stature is unlikely at this juncture, perhaps the pressing need for starting pitching and the clear position of Milwaukee as a re-building club can speed up the time table.

Regardless, Boston needs to make a move for a starter and I believe Matt Garza is the guy they can get at a fairly reasonable price and pull the trigger now. Whether or not they want to go big for Braun or a bullpen arm is an entirely different story.

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  • Crusader10

    I could see this deal, maybe even include a mid level prospect. It makes a lot more sense than selling the farm for a Teheran or even a Sonny Gray.

  • thickage

    I could see a Buchholz for Garza swap + Sox eating cash, but they wouldn’t give up any prospects for Garza, who was an absolute disaster last season and who has the same injury history as Buchholz. At best, I think this is a lateral move where the only hope is that new scenery helps Buchh and Garza. Sox need a top-3 starter and Garza would be a #4 or #5 on this squad.







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