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Birth Date11-26-1983
Height6' 4"
Weight220 lbs
Age34 years, 6 months, 0 days
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ThrowsR
1.92014
-2.52015
-0.82016
0.02017
-0.12018
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
2006 MIN MLB 10 9 50.0 3 6 0 62 23 38 6 .261 103 11.2 4.1 1.1 6.8 37% .339 .286 1.70 4.60 5.76 103 6.38 129.9 -0.3
2007 MIN MLB 16 15 83.0 5 7 0 96 32 67 8 .269 96 10.4 3.5 0.9 7.3 48% .344 .278 1.54 4.24 3.69 93 5.24 108.6 0.4
2008 TBA MLB 30 30 184.7 11 9 0 170 59 128 19 .266 104 8.3 2.9 0.9 6.2 43% .270 .240 1.24 4.16 3.70 101 4.35 92.8 2.4
2009 TBA MLB 32 32 203.0 8 12 0 177 79 189 25 .265 106 7.8 3.5 1.1 8.4 40% .273 .242 1.26 4.20 3.95 97 4.14 88.8 3.2
2010 TBA MLB 33 32 204.7 15 10 1 193 63 150 28 .256 106 8.5 2.8 1.2 6.6 37% .272 .251 1.25 4.38 3.91 108 4.35 98.1 2.2
2011 CHN MLB 31 31 198.0 10 10 0 186 63 197 14 .260 101 8.5 2.9 0.6 9.0 48% .306 .243 1.26 2.91 3.32 80 3.14 72.9 4.5
2012 CHN MLB 18 18 103.7 5 7 0 90 32 96 15 .257 101 7.8 2.8 1.3 8.3 50% .271 .252 1.18 4.20 3.91 87 3.42 78.3 2.1
2013 CHN 0 11 11 71.0 6 1 0 61 20 62 8 .260 101 7.7 2.5 1.0 7.9 43% .266 .241 1.14 3.75 3.17 106 4.42 106.0 0.5
2013 TEX 0 13 13 84.3 4 5 0 89 22 74 12 .265 100 9.5 2.3 1.3 7.9 41% .308 .281 1.32 3.98 4.38 95 3.64 87.1 1.3
2014 MIL MLB 27 27 163.3 8 8 0 143 50 126 12 .255 101 7.9 2.8 0.7 6.9 46% .268 .244 1.18 3.50 3.64 102 3.87 95.0 1.9
2015 MIL MLB 26 25 148.7 6 14 0 176 57 104 23 .257 103 10.7 3.5 1.4 6.3 47% .319 .294 1.57 4.96 5.63 116 6.46 150.9 -2.5
2016 MIL MLB 19 19 101.7 6 8 0 117 36 70 11 .270 97 10.4 3.2 1.0 6.2 57% .311 .294 1.50 4.36 4.51 107 6.05 134.0 -0.8
2017 MIL MLB 24 22 114.7 6 9 0 121 45 79 17 .261 94 9.5 3.5 1.3 6.2 42% .287 .273 1.45 4.92 4.94 110 5.54 117.9 0.0
2013 TOT MLB 24 24 155.3 10 6 0 150 42 136 20 .263 100 8.7 2.4 1.2 7.9 42% .290 .263 1.24 3.88 3.82 100 4.00 95.7 1.8
CareerMLB2902841710.793106116815811380198.2611028.83.11.07.344%.291.2591.324.114.091004.49100.715.6

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
2005 BLT A 10 10 56.0 3 3 0 53 15 64 5 .265 12 8.5 2.4 0.8 10.3 47% .327 .316 1.21 3.34 3.54 0 0.00 0.0
2005 ELZ Rk 4 4 19.7 1 1 0 14 6 25 3 .260 25 6.4 2.7 1.4 11.4 50% .256 .370 1.02 4.29 3.65 0 0.00 0.0
2006 MIN MLB 10 9 50.0 3 6 0 62 23 38 6 .261 103 11.2 4.1 1.1 6.8 37% .339 .286 1.70 4.60 5.76 103 6.38 129.9
2006 FTM A+ 8 8 44.0 5 1 0 27 11 53 3 .257 89 5.5 2.2 0.6 10.8 44% .175 .210 0.86 2.61 1.43 69 0.00 0.0
2006 NBR AA 10 10 57.0 6 2 0 40 14 68 2 .262 63 6.3 2.2 0.3 10.7 39% .261 .223 0.95 2.04 2.53 71 1.77 81.3
2006 ROC AAA 5 5 34.0 3 1 0 20 7 33 1 .259 103 5.3 1.9 0.3 8.7 52% .232 .183 0.79 2.40 1.85 78 2.58 89.3
2007 MIN MLB 16 15 83.0 5 7 0 96 32 67 8 .269 96 10.4 3.5 0.9 7.3 48% .344 .278 1.54 4.24 3.69 93 5.24 108.6
2007 ROC AAA 16 16 92.0 4 6 0 93 31 95 5 .264 88 9.1 3.0 0.5 9.3 41% .342 .262 1.35 2.98 3.62 84 2.99 89.7
2008 TBA MLB 30 30 184.7 11 9 0 170 59 128 19 .266 104 8.3 2.9 0.9 6.2 43% .270 .240 1.24 4.16 3.70 101 4.35 92.8
2008 VRO A+ 1 1 3.7 0 0 0 8 3 4 0 .247 102 19.5 7.3 0.0 9.7 54% .615 .390 2.97 3.47 9.73 102 6.21 140.0
2009 TBA MLB 32 32 203.0 8 12 0 177 79 189 25 .265 106 7.8 3.5 1.1 8.4 40% .273 .242 1.26 4.20 3.95 97 4.14 88.8
2010 TBA MLB 33 32 204.7 15 10 1 193 63 150 28 .256 106 8.5 2.8 1.2 6.6 37% .272 .251 1.25 4.38 3.91 108 4.35 98.1
2011 CHN MLB 31 31 198.0 10 10 0 186 63 197 14 .260 101 8.5 2.9 0.6 9.0 48% .306 .243 1.26 2.91 3.32 80 3.14 72.9
2012 CHN MLB 18 18 103.7 5 7 0 90 32 96 15 .257 101 7.8 2.8 1.3 8.3 50% .271 .252 1.18 4.20 3.91 87 3.42 78.3
2013 CHN MLB 11 11 71.0 6 1 0 61 20 62 8 .260 101 7.7 2.5 1.0 7.9 43% .266 .241 1.14 3.75 3.17 106 4.42 106.0
2013 TEX MLB 13 13 84.3 4 5 0 89 22 74 12 .265 100 9.5 2.3 1.3 7.9 41% .308 .281 1.32 3.98 4.38 95 3.64 87.1
2013 TEN AA 2 2 6.0 0 1 0 4 4 2 0 .264 101 6.0 6.0 0.0 3.0 55% .200 .217 1.33 4.23 1.50 105 4.51 110.9
2013 IOW AAA 2 2 9.3 1 0 0 6 0 9 0 .257 93 5.8 0.0 0.0 8.7 71% .250 .136 0.64 1.95 0.96 77 2.41 48.6
2014 MIL MLB 27 27 163.3 8 8 0 143 50 126 12 .255 101 7.9 2.8 0.7 6.9 46% .268 .244 1.18 3.50 3.64 102 3.87 95.0
2015 MIL MLB 26 25 148.7 6 14 0 176 57 104 23 .257 103 10.7 3.5 1.4 6.3 47% .319 .294 1.57 4.96 5.63 116 6.46 150.9
2016 MIL MLB 19 19 101.7 6 8 0 117 36 70 11 .270 97 10.4 3.2 1.0 6.2 57% .311 .294 1.50 4.36 4.51 107 6.05 134.0
2016 WIS A 3 3 11.3 0 2 0 13 1 10 1 .264 110 10.3 0.8 0.8 7.9 56% .364 .267 1.24 3.38 4.76 91 2.80 67.5
2017 MIL MLB 24 22 114.7 6 9 0 121 45 79 17 .261 94 9.5 3.5 1.3 6.2 42% .287 .273 1.45 4.92 4.94 110 5.54 117.9
2017 WIS A 1 1 5.7 0 1 0 9 2 8 1 .255 97 14.3 3.2 1.6 12.7 61% .471 .378 1.94 4.02 6.35 87 3.03 67.1
2017 CSP AAA 1 1 5.0 0 0 0 2 2 4 1 .278 91 3.6 3.6 1.8 7.2 33% .091 .210 0.80 5.92 1.80 112 6.89 132.8

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2008 2719 0.4623 0.4825 0.8216 0.6683 0.3228 0.8893 0.7013 0.1784
2009 3394 0.4582 0.4325 0.7963 0.5994 0.2915 0.8745 0.6604 0.2037
2010 3271 0.4800 0.4595 0.8244 0.6408 0.2922 0.8847 0.7022 0.1756
2011 3169 0.4740 0.4781 0.7386 0.6305 0.3407 0.8405 0.5687 0.2614
2012 1697 0.4726 0.4455 0.7579 0.5873 0.3184 0.8493 0.6070 0.2421
2013 2413 0.4981 0.4695 0.7688 0.6331 0.3072 0.8515 0.5995 0.2312
2014 2445 0.4748 0.4691 0.7925 0.6460 0.3092 0.8773 0.6322 0.2075
2015 2375 0.4821 0.4720 0.8234 0.6603 0.2967 0.8995 0.6658 0.1766
2016 1701 0.4762 0.4621 0.8053 0.6556 0.2862 0.9021 0.6039 0.1947
2017 1920 0.4547 0.4630 0.8144 0.6529 0.3047 0.8965 0.6677 0.1856
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Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-09-21 2014-09-29 DTD 8 7 Right Shoulder Tightness -
2014-08-04 2014-09-01 15-DL 28 24 Left Abdomen Strain Oblique -
2014-05-01 2014-05-05 DTD 4 4 Right Thumb Contusion - -
2013-03-22 2013-05-21 15-DL 60 43 Right Shoulder Recovery From Strain Latissimus Dorsi - -
2013-02-17 2013-03-22 Camp 33 0 Right Shoulder Strain Latissimus Dorsi - -
2012-07-22 2012-10-04 60-DL 74 69 Right Elbow Stress Fracture - -
2012-04-30 2012-05-11 DTD 11 9 - General Medical Illness - -
2011-05-18 2011-06-06 15-DL 19 17 Right Elbow Contusion Bone -
2011-03-19 2011-03-19 Camp 0 0 Left Thigh Soreness Hamstring -
2011-03-04 2011-03-04 Camp 0 0 Back Contusion Batted Ball -
2008-09-07 2008-09-07 DTD 0 0 Right Forearm Contusion Batted Ball -
2008-04-09 2008-04-25 15-DL 16 15 Right Elbow Nerve Injury Inflamed Radial Nerve -
2007-02-24 2007-03-05 Camp 9 0 Neck Strain -
2006-09-19 2006-09-19 DTD 0 0 Low Back Contusion Batted Ball -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2017 MIL $12,500,000
2016 MIL $12,500,000
2015 MIL $12,500,000
2014 MIL $12,500,000
2013 CHN $10,250,000
2012 CHN $9,500,000
2011 CHN $5,950,000
2010 TBA $3,350,000
2009 TBA $433,300
2008 TBA $404,600
YearsDescriptionSalary
10 yrPrevious$79,887,900
10 yrTotal$79,887,900

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
10 y 149 dCAA (Nez Balelo)4 years/$50M (2014-17), 2018 option

Details
  • 4 years/$50M (2014-17), plus 2018 option. Signed by Milwaukee as a free agent 1/27/14. 14-17:$12.5M annually. 18: vesting/club option. 2018 salary guaranteed at $13M if Garza 1) has 110 starts in 2014-17, 2) has 115 innings in 2017 and 3) is not on disabled list at end of 2017 season. Milwaukee holds $5M club option if the $13M option does not vest. Club may exercise 2018 option at $1M if Garza spends more than 130 days on the disabled list in any 183-day period from 2014 to 2017. 2018 option is voided if Garza reaches games pitched threshold (met). Deferrals: $2M annually without interest, to be paid in four installments each Dec. 15, 2018-21. Annual performance bonuses: $0.5M each for 30 starts, 190 IP.
  • 1 year/$10.25M (2013). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 1/17/13 (avoided arbitration). Acquired by Texas in trade from Chicago Cubs 7/22/13.
  • 1 year/$9.5M (2012). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 2/3/12 (avoided arbitration, $12.5M-$7.95M). Performance bonuses: $0.5M for 210 innings pitched. $0.1M for 220 IP.
  • 1 year/$5.95M (2011). Acquired by Chicago Cubs in trade from Tampa Bay 1/7/11. Signed by Chicago Cubs 1/18/11 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$3.35M (2010). Re-signed by Tampa Bay 1/19/10 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.4333M (2009). Renewed by Tampa Bay 2/25/09.
  • 1 year/$0.4046M (2008). Re-signed by Tampa Bay 2/15/08.
  • 1 year (2007). Re-signed by Minnesota 2/07. Optioned to Triple-A 3/07. Acquired by Tampa Bay in trade from Minnesota 11/28/07.
  • 1 year (2006). Contract purchased by Minnesota 8/06.
  • Drafted by Minnesota 2005 (1-25) (Fresno State). $1.35M signing bonus.

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .280 .346 .446 .289
11 vs R (Multi) .267 .322 .410 .275
18 Split (Multi) .013 .024 .036 .014
19 LgAvg (Multi) .006 .020 .015 .013
30 vs L (2016) .292 .364 .462 .303
31 vs R (2016) .274 .321 .406 .287
38 Split (2016) .018 .043 .055 .016
39 LgAvg (2016) .003 .018 .013 .012

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2017-05-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi George - are you trusting Matt Garza for a spin in deep leagues after a decent start to 2017?
(Jeff from San Francisco)
Absolutely not. No. No. No. In 44 starts over the last two years (2016 & 2015) his DRA is over 6.00 (George Bissell)
2015-04-06 15:15:00 (link to chat)I know bunting sucks and all, but isn't someone going to just drop bunt after bunt in front of Lester and see if he starts chucking the ball all over the yard? I've seen teams do that to Matt Garza, who is also a terrible fielder. *checks schedule to see when Lester might start a game against the Brewers*
(Chester Trout from Dallas)
I mean, it's inevitable that teams are going to try to take advantage of this. I wonder if any teams knew about this before the internet? I know we all have trouble with the idea that we didn't invent everything, but teams do do lots of research on stuff like this. Wouldn't you think someone whose job it is to figure things like this out would have figured it out? I wonder if one team played Lester differently last season and we all just failed to notice.

And another Red Sox homer. Four in all now after another one by Pedroia and one by Hanley. And yet it's only 4-0 because the Red Sox have had almost no base runners otherwise. (Matthew Kory)
2015-03-19 14:00:00 (link to chat)Jimmy Nelson or Chase Anderson as a breakout guy this year?
(William from New York)
Jimmy Nelson has a great shot at as well as getting some big league exposure last year. He did lose a veteran starter in Gallardo to learn from but still has veterans Kyle Lohse and Matt Garza. (Rob Willer)
2015-03-19 14:00:00 (link to chat)Am I wrong to like Neil Ramirez the most out of Cubs relievers? I think he has the most upside.
(Q from Chicago)
Neil's a great guy and showcased plus stuff last year. He's still very young and was another great addition from the Matt Garza trade. I asked him some questions and you can see the interview here. http://cubs.scout.com/story/1410708-q-and-a-with-cubs-reliever-neil-ramirez (Rob Willer)
2014-04-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey RJ, what do you think the Cubs could get for Samardzija? They would need at least two top prospects right? But what team in playoff contention team would be willing to give them up?
(msimotes from Kalamazoo)
He's a free agent after next season, so they're probably looking for a little better package than what they got for Matt Garza last July. As for what contenders, it's too early to say. If the Blue Jays hang around then they would make some sense. (R.J. Anderson)
2014-01-29 19:00:00 (link to chat)Does Matt Garza actually make the Brewers better or does a career even and marginally over valued pitcher keep them in mediocrity?
(Big Bear from Allston)
Sure, he makes them better. I don't think they'll challenge for the division now, but if - and that's a big if - he stays healthy, they're a more relevant Wild Card contender. (Ben Carsley)
2014-01-17 10:00:00 (link to chat)Hey, Fantasy quandary - 1)(Keep Manny Machado) 2)(Trade Manny for Brett Lawrie and Sonny Gray, who I am really high on) 3)(Trade Manny for Matt Garza and Zach Wheeler, who I am equally high on). Thanks
(Tony from KC)
Dalton's Mercedes speeds recklessly toward Wesley's estate, drawing gunfire from Wesley's henchmen, but they discover the car empty, and the knife that was used to kill Wade stuck in the accelerator. One by one, Dalton dispatches each of Wesley's thugs, and eventually comes face-to-face with Wesley. Dalton gains the upper hand in their fight and prepares to finish Wesley in the same brutal manner as Jimmy, but decides against it. When Dalton releases him, Wesley seizes the opportunity to reach for a gun, but is promptly shot to death by Red, Emmett, Stroudenmire, and Tilghman. They stash the weapons away prior to the arrival of law enforcement and proceed to corroborate each other's innocence, with the implication that what happened in Wesley's house will remain a secret. (Jason Parks)
2014-01-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat, Paul. Do you think the Angels would be better off not overpaying the likes of Matt Garza and focusing on acquiring cheap starting rotation depth (e.g. Capuano, Jeff Francis) and more pen arms (Balfour, etc)? Or is that important to have a decent #3 starter, even if you have to overpay?
(Dennis from LA)
No, I think they need a big arm. I'm advocating them for Tanaka heavily. I think it'd be the perfect move. In the absence of that, Garza is a nice fallback. They're trying to buy the key wins, so overpaying a bit is OK. They were near .500 in a disaster season, they'll be better this year. (Paul Sporer)
2014-01-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you believe M. Olt can rebound from a terrible 2013? Reports say his eyes are fine. Seems like the Cubs are begging him to win the 3rd Base job out of spring training.
(Tommy B from ChiBeria)
He'll be better in the majors in 2014 than he was in 2013. That's my prediction. You'd think he could win the Cubs 3B job this spring. If he can't, that should be a pretty damning sign for his future. On a related topic, how much did the Rangers give up for Matt Garza. My goodness. (Jeff Moore)
2014-01-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thank you for the chat, Craig. Who do you like better over the next few years, Matt Garza or Ubaldo Jimenez? Do you think Ubaldo is worth giving up a first round pick (say around pick #15) to sign if you need a mid-rotation starter like the Angels?
(Dennis from LA)
Give me Garza. I'm not at all confident he changes in Ubaldo's mechanics are here to stay. (Craig Goldstein)
2013-12-10 18:00:00 (link to chat)How much money do you think Garza is getting? 60 million would seem realistic, no?
(David from Montreal)
If I had to guess, I would say $75 million/5 years, though I have no idea what Matt Garza's market is like and who is in on him. It would seem that the Angels are out after today's trade. The pitching market is kind of nuts, so maybe Garza gets gets even more money than that though. (Mike Gianella)
2013-10-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think is most likely move the Rays make with respect to David Price? And what do you see as a fair (and realistic) return for him in trade?
(One Flap Down from Leonardsville)
Lots of Price questions today.

I would guess a trade is the most likely move, with the return following the template used in the Matt Garza and James Shields trades. Obviously Price costs more money than either of those guys did, but he's also the best pitcher of the three. (R.J. Anderson)
2013-10-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you see in Matt Garza's future? (contract, team, will he ever touch the production of 2011 again?)
(TheCookieMonster from Champaign IL)
oddly enough I would again bring up Edwin Jackson. Lots of innings, flashes of brilliance, but mostly mid/back type results. So I'd expect a similar contract scenario. (Harry Pavlidis)
2013-08-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Not sure whose twitter acct. broke down Garza's 18 starts, but are you startled to know that Matt Garza(outside of his post-DL "hot streak") has basically been a .500 pitcher with a 5 ERA for 2/3rds of the season? I gotta applaud Theo/Jed on striking it rich trading a rental.
(jlarsen from Chicago, IL)
why exclude the "hot streak"? (Harry Pavlidis)
2013-07-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Why is it that it seems someone is always ready to trade Matt Garza? He's a winning,reliable starter where ever he goes.
(John from CT)
I've never heard of him as a superb clubhouse guy if that even means anything, but I don't really think it's that. It's mostly just a small sample of teams. Tampa Bay did it because that's what Tampa Bay does, and the Cubs did it because it's that time in their franchise trajectory. I'm not really sure what happened in Minnesota, but I think they just viewed Delmon Young as more of a player than he's become.

He'll command a good package of prospects, and I would ascribe it more to circumstance on a few occasions than anything about him. (Zachary Levine)
2013-07-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)If you were a GM would you trade for Matt Garza? The talent is alwyas there, but the health isn't? Is there something in his delivery that lends itself to a higher chance of injury?
(Shawnykid23 from CT)
Nope. Poor balance and terrible posture, combined with big torque and fast arm speeds, is a bad sign for shoulder health. Combine that with the fact that the shoulder has already been an issue, and that shoulder injuries are tougher to come back from than elbows, and I am staying away.

On the jukebox: Misfits, "Some Kinda Hate" (Doug Thorburn)
2013-06-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Paul Maholm or Matt Garza? 12 team mixed
(Joe from Boston)
Maholm and I'm a Garza backer, but he's not right at this pt and no sense waiting in a 12-team mixer (Paul Sporer)
2013-03-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Paul, I'm in awe over the Starting Pitcher Guide. It's like "War and Peace"! With regard to your rankings, R.A. Dickey at #10 seemed high. You don't forsee more regression from last year and the switch of leagues? On the opposite end, Matt Garza doesn't crack the Top 80?
(dangor from New York)
Thanks dangor. His NL to AL regression could be mitigated by the dome environment in Toronto which our own Dan Evans alluded to being a major plus for knuckleballers. Plus the AL East isn't quite the Beast of recent years. If he pitches near 2012 levels, the league won't matter. (Paul Sporer)
2013-02-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on Matt Garza this year? Seems very underrated (if healthy).
(bateman19 from Boston, MA)
100% agree, definitely someone I'm targeting. (Paul Sporer)
2012-09-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)When Rays make a trade(Matt Garza, for instance), it's always deemed by the national media as being for "salary reasons". However, Red Sox traded Crawford-Gonzalez-Beckett and people see it as a reboot and a fair trade for both sides. What gives? Isn't that a "salary dump" trade, also, if you cut the semantics?
(jlarsen from chicagoland)
It was certainly a salary dump trade. I think the difference between that kind of a dump and a Garza dump, though, is that Garza is probably much closer to earning his salary than those players and the salary that they Rays were dumping was really not even the salary that he's earned with the Cubs but the salary he'll earn on his NEXT deal. (Colin Wyers)
2012-02-02 15:00:00 (link to chat)Over/Under: Johan Santana 10 wins?
(Tony Danza from Italy)
When it comes to wins I always play the under. Will he be healthy? Will he be able to go deep enough into enough games to be in position for wins? Will their offense provide meaningful run support? Will the reconstructed bullpen nail down his leads? Mat Latos had a very strong season last year but only won nine games; Matt Garza won 10 exactly. I'll take the under on Johan. (Cory Schwartz)
2011-03-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jeremy, welcome aboard, and thanks a ton for stepping up and doing your first BP chat on such short notice. Here in Mesa, it's Matt Garza vs. Bruce Chen, an interesting pair of decisions as far as acquisition vs. retention. What are you thoughts on this odd couple?
(Christina Kahrl from HoHoKam Stadium)
I watched Bruce Chen at a Yankee game last year, and I did not understand why he was pitching in the Major Leagues. (Jeremy Greenhouse)
2011-01-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)What did you think of the Matt Garza deal? People seem fairly torn about which side got the better deal, which probably means it was fair right?
(thenamestsam from Brooklyn)
I thought that the package given up by the Cubs was VASTLY overrated by those who wanted to make a facile point about the Cubs overpaying compared to the Zack Greinke deal. Lee and Archer are good prospects, but not coming stars by any means. As for the rest, Guyer had a huge 102 games as a 24-year-old Double-A repeater, but let's seen an encore before we get excited; Fuld is a nice fourth guy who is close to 30, and Chirinos is intriguing as heck but is about to be 27. So the Rays got two potential long-term pieces for a pitcher with a record of success, albeit one who came off of a year which was only superficially strong--league average ERA, declining strikeout rate, a lot of reliance on the defense (although he's had low BABIPs for three straight seasons). It seems like a fair deal to me. (Steven Goldman)
2010-11-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)DO you see Matt Garza and or Jason Bartlett on the Rays opening day roster?
(Brian from Florida)
Garza, yes. Bartlett, no. I think the latter gets dealt to make room for Reid Brignac, and that Shields will be the odd man out in the rotation. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-10-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you see the Rays trading a starter to make room for Jeremy Hellickson, or perhaps shifting one to the bullpen? Which pitcher would you try to trade?
(Kevin from Right here)
That makes sense and I suspect Matt Garza could be the one as the Rays look to cut the payroll. (John Perrotto)
2010-08-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)I know they're cheaper than a 2 cent blanket, but, heck, will ask it anyway. Jennings won't be freed until June 2011 right?
(dryice from Houston)
He may get a call in September since it won't affect his service time, but yeah, Jennings won't be officially freed until 2011. It's kind of a transition year for Tampa Bay, as they have to deal with the free agency of Carlos Pena, Carl Crawford, and may have to deal Matt Garza because of a massive arbitration raise. It will be interesting to see how things go for them, in terms of who they retain, who they replace, and with what. (Marc Normandin)
2010-06-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)Eric, thanks for the chat. Any thoughts on why Matt Garza has not pitched well lately?
(dandaman from Sea Cliff)
Well, what were your expectations entering the season? I pegged Garza for a very good year, and by taking the balance sheet approach and looking at his statement of performance as of the current date, I see a guy with a 3.50 ERA in the toughest division in baseball, a 2.3 K/BB and a walk rate slightly lower than before. Then again, he had a 2.37 ERA as of May 21, and since then has a 6.75 ERA with a 17/11 K/BB and nary a game score above 43. He hasn't been missing many bats and the walks have been coming with more regularity. The standard answer applies here -- he's neither as good as he was earlier nor as bad as he is now. Garza is probably a perennial 3.40-3.70 ERA pitcher in the AL East with the potential to be way below or above in a given year. (Eric Seidman)
2010-03-03 14:00:00 (link to chat)anything you look for in particular when watching or looking up box scores of spring training games?
(norman from san jose)
It's important to see what a guy is doing, but sometimes more important to see who he is doing it against. For example Josh Bell went deep to day. Impressive. He went deep against Matt Garza. More impressive. I'm told he hit a second. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-12-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Matt Garza had surgery to fix a broken bone in his foot that bothered him for the second half of the year. He is now ineligible for the WBC. What are the odd's Jim Hickey goes around and breaks a foot on of all his pitchers to ensure the same?
(Tommy from Clearwater)
Given how he pitched in the playoffs, I think Garza will be fine, though normal caveats about workload. Interesting point -- will Davey Johnson call Kazmir or Shields? Price? (Will Carroll)
2008-12-04 13:30:00 (link to chat)Why are the Twins so willing to unload Delmon Young after only one season? Follow-up: what's the trade value for him--someone like Homer Bailey, or more like Matt Cain (or Matt Garza)?
(Scott from Detroit)
Argh. Got a call and lost my answer to this...his value is between them, but if the Twins trade for a pitcher, Smith should be fired. Sand to the beach, and all that. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-11-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Matt Garza had a huge increase in major league innings pitched from 2007-2008. Is there a serious concern that he may suffer from it in 2009?
(buddaley from Clearwater)
He's definitely in the danger zone, but given what they did, I have a hard time saying I'd do anything different. Garza has an interesting arm with some physical "deformaties" in his elbow that actually strengthen it. I'm not sure what that means in the long term, but I'll bet the Rays will watch him closely. I'm not sure if there's anything a medical staff can do that trumps workload, so this is a good test. (Will Carroll)
2008-06-23 12:00:00 (link to chat)Hear about Matt Garza seeing a renowned sports psychologist? Do you think he's as "excitable" as Carlos Zambrano or did the Rays just replace one hot-head(Dukes or Delmon, take your pick) for another?
(jlarsen from DRays Bay)
Yeah, I read that. I don't think he is in Elijah Dukes' class (I mean who is? Not even Milton Bradley) or will do something as dumb as Delmon Young did in Class AAA. I'd say he's "excitable" like the Big Z. (John Perrotto)
2008-05-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Now that the Rays train has slowed down a bit and there's some "regressioning to the mean," do you think that the Rays have some staying power in their climb towards .500-dom and beyond?
(jlarsen from DRays Bay)
At 45 games into the year, it's still early. To some extent I think we have to take the Rays seriously, though the players who should be driving the offense really haven't produced much thus far (Pena, Crawford and Longoria are all below .265 EqAs). The pitching is showing some real improvement; high walk rate and all, Edwin Jackson is putting it together and has been very tough to hit, James Shields has been nasty, and both Scott Kazmir and Matt Garza are coming around. They can thank a much improved defense; the team is 2nd int he league in Defensive Efficiency at .716. I'm a bit skeptical it can stay that high, but it's nowhere near the nightmare that it was last year. So I expect them to stick around at .500 or above. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-04-25 15:00:00 (link to chat)Back when the Rays were shopping Delmon Young there appeared to be some talk of Young for Cliff Lee, but nothing came of it. Knowing what the Rays got in return and Lee's hot start which deal would have been better for the Rays?
(Tommy from OPS,FL)
Long-term, I'd still take Matt Garza over Cliff Lee, and it wouldn't cost me a moment of sleep.
Rany Jazayerli has a great Unfiltered post about Lee's hot start, a post that includes a note form Joe Sheehan regarding the quality of competition Lee has faced: "A's twice, Twins, Royals. Ninth, 13th and 14th in the AL in EqA." Right now Lee is living off a .151 BABIP, and that's not going to last forever by any stretch of the imagination. Furthermore, sooner or later he's going to have to face some competent lineups, and when he does, you can expect his ERA to get fluffed up. The bottom line is that I don't expect him to be a significantly better pitcher than the mid-rotation inning eater who surprised us with his bellyflop last year. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-04-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Something smells fishy in Denmark, regarding Matt Garza's radial nerve irritation. He apparently dealt with this last year, though Gardenhire claims he heard not a word regarding it. Now, he's being told to rest his arm for 2 weeks. If he dealt with this last year, wouldn't the offseason layoff be enough to rehab from it?
(jlarsen from DRays Bay)
Not if it's irritated by pitching. (Will Carroll)
2008-03-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do you see Matt Garza breaking out this year?
(R.J. from Beyond the Boxscore)
Yes, I do. Garza has about as much talent as Miller, but with more command. Everything about his context is better. I like him for 30-odd starts with an 3.80 ERA. (Joe Sheehan)


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