This is definitely a firesale. It has been the biggest one in recent history. The Rays are trading quality players and also letting them leave via free agency. Matt Garza has long been in on and off trade talks between the Cubs and Rays. Yesterday, the trade happened. The Cubs now have the quality starter they have been looking for ever since Carlos Zambrano decided to try as hard as he could to get a grade “Z” on his report card. He might even be worse than that joke.
Garza is 27, so he isn’t as young as everybody says he is. Garza also had a 3.91 ERA, so he isn’t as good as people say he is. Overall, Garza is your solid starter; and he was much needed by a sagging Cubs rotation- organization really. The Rays got scrub outfielder Sam Fuld, outfield prospect Brandon Guyer, and a couple of other prospects. The Rays also packaged together prospects in a deal that leans to the Cubs on the scale.
Edgar Renteria has an offer that is around 3 million dollars from the Reds and has incentives in that offer. The Reds have always seemed interested in getting a veteran shortstop, especially the 2010 World Series MVP. Don’t read into that though. His bat was hot at the time. He’s really an older player who isn’t useful anymore. I am a fan of Renteria, but I think it’s time for him to retire. He has had enough damage to last a career.
Ruben Amaro Jr. is- in my opinion- the best GM in baseball. It’s because he knows what he’s doing. People say that paying 17 million over two seasons for a number five starter is too much. Well that doesn’t hold true when we’re talking about Joe Blanton. He is the best number five starter in the league, and it isn’t even close. 8.5 million dollars per year is a good deal for a solid pitcher. You could do a lot worse for sure. It is a good deal, and you don’t trade good players with good contracts.
Andy Pettitte could make 12 or 13 million next year to push off retirement and pitch another season for the Yankees. This would add to his Hall of Fame resume. Pettite is a 55-45 chance of retiring- 55 being the chance he retires. He is 38 years old, but he was useful last year with just a 3.28 ERA. If he stays healthy, Pettitte will stop the Yankees from being extremely poor pitching wise. However, the Yankees are in dire need of starting pitchers.
Rafael Soriano said the only team he would be a set-up man for is the Yankees- boy am I happy. His agent- Scott Boras- said that setting up Mo Rivera has value. Rivera has two years left on his deal, but when he retires; it is Soriano’s job. Besides, this is America’s most iconic franchise; and they will certainly fulfill the monetary requirements for Boras and Soriano.