Heyman: “No favorite” in Garza trade talks

Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.

About Brien Jackson

Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.

7 thoughts on “Heyman: “No favorite” in Garza trade talks

  1. I'd go after Garza. He would be a guy that could back CC up better than what Nova, Hughes or Garcia would be able to provide at this point in either of those three pitchers' careers. We'll see what it takes for the Yankees to get him, but I would still be shy to trade Betances and Banuelos for him. One of those guys, plus Romine or Sanchez, and two guys from the Noesi, Warren, Phelps and Mitchell crowd would be guys I'd offer. If one of our catchers don't mix in with the Cubs' need, I'd add Mason Williams to the mix.

  2. Why do people keep pointing to Garza's AL East experience as such a good thing?
    2008 4.18FIP 4.41 xFIP
    2009 4.14FIP, 4.42 xFIP
    2010 4.42 FIP, 4.31 xFIP

    He also had a rather massive home/road ERA split those years (which can happen when pitching at the Trop) Sure he spent 3 years in the AL East, but shouldn't the quality of those years (and things beyond simple ERA) matter as well?

    This is Danks all over again – the longer the name is on the market, the more the myth overtakes the reality.

    Unless people think last year was an inflection point in Garza's career (which it very well could be), why exactly is he such a hot commodity? Why are people so excited at 4.1-4.5 FIP/xFIP in his AL East years? The only thing missing is bulldog / gamer / fiery terminology.

    I wouldn't include Banuelos in a deal, not because I'm unwilling to deal Banuelos – I'm just not buying into what could have been a career year for Garza. If you look beyond ERA, Garza pre-2011 was a mid/back of the rotation starter. If it's 2 years of that, I don't think Banuelos is worth it.