MLB 2011: Why Tampa Bay Benefits from Trading Garza

January 8, 2011 by  

The Tampa Bay Rays and Chicago Cubs made a surprising trade Thursday when the Rays agreed to send pitcher Matt Garza, outfielder Fernando Perez and a minor league pitcher to the Cubs for a package of prospects including pitcher Chris Archer, outfielders Brandon Guyer and Sam Fuld, catcher Robinson Chirinos and shortstop Hak-Ju Lee. According to most baseball critics, the Rays received a great package for Garza, probably one that was an overpay for the Cubs.  I tend to agree, and I'll make a bold statement:

The Tampa Bay Rays ended up with the best pitcher in the deal—Chris Archer.

Garza, 27, was originally drafted by the Minnesot...

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