MILWAUKEE, WI - JUNE 07: Matt Garza #22 of the Chicago Cubs pitches during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on June 7, 2012 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
Chicago Cubs veterans Matt Garza, Ryan Dempster and Bryan LaHair are all in play with the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline approaching, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. So far this season, the Los Angeles Dodgers, Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants, Arizona Diamondbacks, Pittsburgh Pirates and Cleveland Indians have all been tied to corner infielders. The New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, Detroit Tigers and St. Louis Cardinals are a few of the teams that are reportedly interested in starting pitching.
#Cubs' future: Soler, Castro, Rizzo, Jackson, others. Almora if they sign him. Plus possible returns on Garza, Dempster, LaHair. All in play— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) June 11, 2012
Over his first 11 starts, Ryan Dempster has maintained an ERA and WHIP of 2.31 and 1.027 with 7.7 SO/9 and 2.4 BB/9. The 35-year-old is making $14 million this year and can hit the free agent market following the season.
Bryan LaHair has capitalized on his first real opportunity with the Cubs, hitting at a clip of .310/.391/.589 through his 168 at-bats. The 29-year-old has tallied 12 home runs, 11 doubles and 25 RBIs.
LaHair isn’t arbitration eligible for another few years and won’t hit the open market until after the 2017 season. The Pirates have been one of the teams to express interest in LaHair lately.
Matt Garza’s impressive track record has reportedly caught the attention of a trio of American League East clubs; the Blue Jays, Red Sox and Yankees. On the year, Garza has posted an ERA and WHIP 3.99 and 1.117 with 8.4 SO/9 and 2.9 BB/9 over his 11 starts.
Garza is making $9.5 million in 2012 and has another year of salary arbitration remaining before he hits the free agent market following the 2013 season.