There has been talk of Mr. Garza going to what seems like every team in MLB at some point, but the most intriguing team to me that has been brought up recently is the St. Louis Cardinals. Would we like to deal a stud within the division, to a hated rival nonetheless? The short answer is obviously not. However, I think there could be something to this rumor, even if it is just me getting bored with all the speculation.
The key to a Garza-to-Cards deal would have to be pitching. The Cards are stacked in the minors with pitching. But the wild card I think is David Freese. There has been a lot of talk about the Cards having to eventually rid themselves of the World Series hero from 2011. They have a stud in Triple-A right now (Wong) that they supposedly want at the Major League level. I think that a David Freese along with a lower-tier pitching prospect or two could be a good deal for both teams. The Cards get a great rental for their pennant push and the Cubs get a more than legitimate answer at third base. Freese is down a bit this year (.271 BA this year), and is thirty with a .291 career BA with a notable clutch ability (record 21 RBI in the 2011 playoffs) and could plug that hole for a few years until hopefully a third baseman develops in our system.
As far as the pitching prospects go, a Jordan Swagerty or Tim Cooney could be potentially had, along with another arm like Tyler Lyons or Seth Maness. These guys are high(ish) prospects, but are also buried by a bunch of other higher prospects.
This all fringes on if the two organizations can come together on a deal in which they would be helping each other and when our FO thinks we can compete. If they think we're 3-4 years away still, then a 30 year old 3B is not a good trade option. But if they think like me and believe that we could be in a wildcard spot next year, then I say, why not?