Matt Garza is probably the top available pitcher at this year's deadline, unless Cliff Lee becomes available of course. The Cubs, however, are is discussions with Garza to prehaps, re-sign him. Garza did tell reporters that the chance to re-sign with the Cubs was 50-50, but many believe he has a much higher chance of being traded for prospects.
But, the question has swirled in my head, would the Cubs be better with Garza long-term, or would they be better off shipping Garza to Cleveland, Texas, or maybe even Philly?
First off, Garza hasn't made 30+ starts (normal workload for pitchers) since 2010, and he's only eight years into the league. Imagine Garza in only four years, and how injury-prone he would be. Also, you may be able to acquire multiple pitching prospects who could be better than Garza.
Cubs Minor Leagues:
Triple A Iowa -- 47-45
Double A Tennessee -- 44-43
Obviously, you can't base single player ability looking at records, but in a sense, these players are considered the "team of the future". Being mediocre isn't great, and with the two or three prospects Garza could draw, the records of the Cubs minors system could improve greatly. Three players is a third of an entire team, and I would assume the Cubs already hve some pretty good talent, so they could really improve themselves into the future.
So, what's the best option for the Cubs? I think trading Garza would be the best option, so they can be better in 2014 and beyond. And, hey, the other teams may be hung out to dry with Garza's injuries.