Saturday, January 8, 2011

Garza to Cubs; Rays lose, Rays win

Well, this Garza chatter started back in December, so I guess they've been hammering it out for a while.

Sad to see you go, Garza, you've been a treat, your no-hitter was a delight, you got 'Los where you're going and the NL Central, even with St. Louis in it, is no AL East.  Although this Yankees-sad-to-see-you-go story is pretty snarky.

Too bad Perez is going with you... I've been waiting for him to come back for a while now, but I guess they had to give up some goodies to get some goodies.  I think this trade is slightly better for the Rays (and Peter Gammons agrees), fills some holes and they love having great young guys in the pipeline.  Looks like they get:
  • Brandon Guyer, OF who batted .344 with AA Tennessee last season (.986 OPS), Cubs' minor league player of the year;
  • Robinson Chirinos, a catcher with power & strong defensive skills, batted .326 with a .999 OPS, threw out 32% of stealers;
  • Hak-Ju Lee, shortstop, once ranked as the Cubs' #4 prospect; and
  • Sam Fuld, 29-year-old OF, who's been inconsistently successful. Interesting collection.