Why The Matt Garza Trade Is A Good Deal For The Cubs, Part Deux

Starter Matt Garza of the Tampa Bay Rays throws a pitch against the Texas Rangers during game three of the ALDS at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington in Arlington, Texas. The Rays won 6-3. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Yesterday, I posted my thoughts about why I thought the Matt Garza deal will work out for the Cubs.

Today, BCB'er JSB made a counterpoint post, setting out the reasons why he thinks it's a bad deal. He made reasonable arguments; many of them are valid and we won't know for sure, obviously, until this season is over or maybe not until guys like Chris Archer and Hak-Ju Lee get some significant major league playing time.

This afternoon, Jim Hendry held a conference call with some of the beat writers and columnists. Here's a tweet from Phil Rogers that, to me, sums this deal up best:

Hendry says that Greg Maddux was a big proponent of Garza trade. "Not many guys know pitching better than Greg,'' he said.less than a minute ago via web

Seriously -- that's enough for me. Greg Maddux has, in my opinion, one of the greatest baseball minds in the history of the game. I had a feeling that no deal like this was going to be made without Hendry consulting Maddux, and this confirms that he did.

All of the possibilities regarding the four players given up are true. Nevertheless, they remain that -- possibilities. Matt Garza is already a good major league pitcher. Greg Maddux thinks he was worth getting.

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