Saturday, January 8, 2011

More on the Garza Trade

The Cubs and Rays have finalized their eight player swap centered around starting pitcher Matt Garza. In addition to Garza, the Cubs have acquired Fernando Perez and Zachary Rosscup. The third player was originally thought to be a PTBNL, but Rosscup's inclusion in the deal surfaced today.

The Cubs send away five talented young players in Robinson Chirinos, Chris Archer, Brandon Guyer, Sam Fuld and Hak-Ju Lee. Here is more information on each of the three players the Cubs received in the deal. I'll write more about what they gave up in the next day or two.

Matt Garza
  • Position: Pitcher
  • B/T: Right
  • Height/Weight: 6'4'', 215 lbs
  • Age: 27
  • Birthday: Nov. 11
  • Teams: Twins ('06-'07) and Rays ('08-'10)
  • 2010 Stats: 15-10, 3.91 ERA, 32 starts, 1 save, 204.2 IP, 150 K
  • Career Stats: 42-44, 3.97 ERA
  • Awards: 2008 ALCS MVP
  • MLB Debut: August 11, 2006
  • Drafted: by the Twins in the first round (25th overall) in 2005
  • Postseason: 2-1, 3.48 ERA, 5 games

Fernando Perez

  • Position: Outfield
  • B/T: Switch/Right
  • Height/Weight: 6'1'', 195 lbs
  • Age: 27
  • Birthday: April 23
  • Big League Career Stats: .234 AVG, 3 HR, 10 RBI in 41 games during the '08 and '09 seasons
  • Injuries: Missed most of 2009 with a dislocated left wrist. Bothered by wrist during 2010, playing just 116 Triple-A games.
  • 2010 stats at AAA-Durham: .223 AVG, .280 OBP, 4 HR, 32 RBIs in 116 games
  • Drafted: by the Rays in the 7th round of the '04 draft
  • MLB Debut: Sept. 5, 2008

Zachary Rosscup

  • Position: Pitcher
  • B/T: Right/Left
  • Height/Weight: 6'2'', 205 lbs
  • Age: 22
  • Birthday: June 9
  • Highest Level: Class-A
  • 2010 Stats: 3-1 with a 2.64 ERA in 12 games (8 starts) at Rookie Ball and Class A.
  • Career Stats: 6-5 with a 2.66 ERA in 22 games (17 starts)
  • Drafted: By the Rays in the 28th round of the 2009 draft
  • Carrie Muskat of says that Rosscup could pitch in the bullpen for the Peoria Chiefs in 2011.

That's it for now, expect a post with radio/TV reaction tomorrow and another one early next week with information on the player whom the Cubs gave up!


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