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Chicago Cubs v St. Louis Cardinals

Brewers, Matt Garza agree on Four-Year, $52MM Contract

Such is the state of the baseball free agent market – four years and $52 million seems like a downright bargain. Like the Brewers are getting away with something, considering they just signed one of the top free agent pitchers — the only one who comes without draft pick compensation — to a deal that is very easy to like.

So easy to like, in fact, that it might be worth investigating why his deal is so reasonable. As in, there is a chance his medical records are as scary as we heard.

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MLB: Cleveland Indians at Oakland Athletics

Despite Spring Training getting under way in mere weeks, a whole mess of starting pitchers are still sitting out there on the free agent market. The pitchers – good, bad, and indifferent – all sit in a holding pattern because of Masahiro Tanaka.

Once Tanaka signs, his contract helps define the type of deal available to those at the top of the free agent heap. From there, there is some cash to spread around for the filler-types and then minor league invites for those living below the Zito line.

But if we take stock of the long list of names still out there, how do we group them? If your team has the money, who do you hope ends up in your jersey of choice? Let us lift and separate these players in order of desirability in the proud internet tradition.

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Chicago Cubs v St. Louis Cardinals

Yesterday, Matt Garza became a member of the Texas Rangers, traded from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for third base prospect Mike Olt, pitchers Justin Grimm and C.J. Edwards and as many as two players to be named later – likely players selected in this past June’s draft.

MLB Trade Rumors reports one of the players the Cubs wanted in the deal, Neil Ramirez, can be the PTBNL. Should the Cubs select Ramirez, they will not receive a second player.

At first blush, the deal seems like a good one for the Cubs and a necessary one for the Rangers. But that’s the thing about evaluating a trade hours after it becomes official: there is that which we know and much more we simply do not.

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Chicago Cubs v St. Louis Cardinals

The Chicago Cubs will be without their projected opening day starter for the first month of the season, according to multiple reports.

Matt Garza, who missed most of the second half of last season with a stress reaction in his right elbow, experienced a setback from his rehab early this spring, failing to make it through live batting practice. An MRI in mid-February revealed a mild lat strain, but apparently more rest will be needed. With news that Garza will be out for some time, the Cubs wasted little time in naming their opening day starter for 2013. Jeff Samardzija will take the hill April 1st against A.J. Burnett and the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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Arizona Diamondbacks v Chicago Cubs

Chicago Cubs fans can rest easy (for now), as injury concerns over Matt Garza’s side have been minimized following the results of an MRI. Garza will rest for a week with a mild left lat strain, Paul Sullivan reports.

Cubs GM, Jed Hoyer, on Garza’s status:

“We’re probably going to let him rest for about a week, make sure he’s pain-free, at which point he can ramp back up his throwing,” Hoyer said.”I think it’s safe to say it pushes back his first Cactus League start. But what it means for the regular season, it’s clearly much too early to say. But we felt like it was really good news it’s just a mild strain…. Matt is in good spirits. He felt much better (Monday).”

Via Chicago Tribune

Arizona Diamondbacks v Chicago Cubs

The Chicago Cubs started spring training full of promise after a posting a 61-101 record in 2012, their worst record for the franchise in nearly 50 years. After only two days of practice, news that Matt Garza couldn’t make it through live batting practice is the last thing the Cubs fans wanted to hear.

Garza missed most of the second half of last season due to a stress reaction in his right elbow after posting a 5-7 record with a 3.91 ERA, 4.17 FIP and 3.59 xFIP.

The 29-year-old right-hander was subject to trade rumors around the July 31st deadline last year, with the Dodgers and Blue Jays showing interest. The Cubs eventually were forced to hold on to him after X-rays revealed the stress reaction.

The Cubs projected rotation for 2013 consists of Garza, Jeff Samardzija, Edwin Jackson, Scott Feldman and Carlos Villanueva. Scott Baker is expected to be ready for mid-May while Travis Wood would move into the rotation if Garza is forced to miss any time.