The expectation among baseball executives is that the Chicago Cubs will deal starting pitcher Matt Garza this winter, according to a tweet from Buster Olney of ESPN.com.
Garza, 28, posted a 10-10 record in his first season with the Cubs in 2011. He recorded a 3.32 ERA in 31 games for Chicago, while striking out 197 batters in 198 innings pitched. The club acquired the right-hander just last winter, and still have him under control through the 2013 season, however the team is under new management after hiring former Boston Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein to run their baseball operations.
Garza was has posted a sub-four ERA each year since 2007 when he started 15 games for the Minnesota Twins. It was reported earlier this month that the Cubs were willing to listen to trade offers on any player. Despite having the sixth highest payroll among Major League Baseball teams in 2011, the Cubs finished with a 71-91 record, which was tied with the Kansas City Royals and the San Diego Padres for the fifth worst in baseball. The Cubs last made the playoffs in 2008.