For the longest time I've wanted for nothing more than the Cubs trading pitcher Matt Garza for some top grade prospects. However now seeing that the Cubs don't have any top of the rotation guys in the minors, nor do I think they'll be spending big next year in free agency either. I think this is the point where you try and sign Garza to an extension. A 5 year 70 million dollar deal may lock him up, but if he doesn't sign this offseason I would say trade him and get those prospects.
The wisest move Theo and Hoyer could make in this situation would be to collect all the top offers they have for Garza. Then they should set a deadline for before spring training beginsso they can know if they will be signing to a extension. If Garza decides that he would prefer to win now and says he doesn't want to sign with the Cubs, then you trade him. Its as simple as that. With newly aquired Anthony Rizzo, Epstien and Hoyer may back of their asking price of Montero and one of Betances or Banuelos. If that would be the case then the Cubs should either ask for a deal with Banuelos and Sanchez or a deal with Montero, but ask for second-tier prospects along with him. In this type of deal, the front office could then flip Montero to a team in need of offense for some top of the rotation prospects. The Mariners wpuld be the most logical fit in this situation, they could either swap prospects such as Walker or go a different route with the trade. Here are some of the more random deals I have thought of:
Obviously I'm not a firm believer in the Garza to the Tigers deal after reading about it a fair amount, however all doors remain open, which one do you think the Cubs will and should take?