Originally Posted by eazyb81
Good post Duncan but you lost me on the Garza trade. No way I include Starling in that type of deal for only 1.5 years of Garza, a solid pitcher but not an ace.
Also, I continue to hear everyone talk about just signing pitchers in FA this offseason, but I think we get back to a Torii Hunter situation where even overpaying a bit isn't enough to lure a top talent with options. I think we are going to have to hugely overpay to get a valuable starter, and I don't think we will be willing to do that.
Garza deal wouldn't have to include Starling. I'd rather include Bonifacio in that proposal (and with him being more proven in the minors, it might make more sense to the Cubs, anyway). The nice thing there is that the Cubs need EVERYTHING. So a lot would be on the table.
I also think you can extend Garza. He's been traded a lot (Twins to Rays to Cubs), which might help convince him to put down roots if offered a nice extension.
The 2013 FA pitching class is REALLY deep, though. Tons of quality guys moving around in it, and lots of options. Here's a list
. I think you can easily go after the second tier of guys in that group and find quality pitching you can AFFORD and LURE to KC.