In the last 24 hours, we have read so many pieces on the Matt Garza trade, that we now have a horrible goatee and have started calling our daughter Hak-Ju (she drops things a lot). Here is a sampling of what has been written…

  • This is a must-see. The Chicago Sun-Times ran a full-page cover story on the Garza trade and they used a picture of Joaquin Benoit. [The Heater]
  • Jim Callis says this deal moves the Rays up the organizational rankings from #3 to #2. The Royals are still tops. [Twitter]
  • So far, the Rays have turned Delmon Young into three years each of Jason Bartlett and Matt Garza, eight prospects and Sam Fuld. []
  • Peter Gammons says the Rays had an offer from the Rangers that would have been better for the Rays in 2011, but the Rays chose the higher ceiling deal from the Cubs. [Twitter]

On a side note: It is not news that the Rays are a secretive organization. They consider information a commodity and if others know what they know, it hurts the value. And when we hear rumors about the Rays, 99% of the time the source is close to the other team. But Gammons appears to be the one writer that has a contact inside the Rays offices. But that always leaves us wondering if it is by-design or if the Rays finally have a leak. Someday we will write more on this with some of the evidence we have accomulated over time.

  • Kevin Kaduk says Garza isn’t enough to put the Cubs over the top, so the timing of the deal doesn’t make sense. [Big League Stew]
  • Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus had all four prospects among the Cubs’ top 12 prospects. [Twitter]
  • Dave Cameron makes a case that the trade actually makes the Rays better in 2011 and that any future value is just bonus. [Fangraphs]
  • Keith Law loves this deal for the Rays and says Hak-Ju Lee is “the star of the deal” that will be a 4-tool player with average power once he fills out. [ESPN Insider]
  • Joe Pawlikowski feels the Cubs overpayed slightly for Garza. [Fangraphs]
  • Joe Smith writes about the prospects the Rays received. []


  1. Joe says:

    It is humorous and at the same time unfortunate that the local Tampa Bay media cannot break a major Rays story from their side. It is ALWAYS the other side. It is either LaVelle Neal in Minneapolis or Richard Justice or the Sun Times/ESPN Chicago on this. And our media looks like fools because they can't break stories.

    Yes, they are secretive, but I think their secret games are much to the detriment of our media's credibility. That is why I wish we had a Nick Cafardo type here locally. It's just the way it is, I suppose.

  2. Don says:

    MOST all sports media/reporting SUCKS...remember they are the lowest pay scale in "news reporting" plus have no respect with other so called news "journalist"..Weathermen are payed more and they are never right!
    Now if that doesn't make them feel like a loser....used car salesman get more respect!

  3. MJ says:

    That side note is very interesting.

  4. Joe says:

    If I had a guess, and an educated one...It's by design Gammons gets the information. He isn't balanced enough in his praise/scorn to be what I consider to be even-Steven.

  5. a.j. says:

    I saw the alleged proposed deal from the Rangers, and I think we took the better offer. The Rangers may have offered a deal that would have helped the 2011 club more, but we would have only ended up with a CF for the future and a young starting pitcher with decent MLB experience. Instead we took a deal that potentially gives us 3 or 4 guys that can make a solid impact at the MLB level! IMO, the Rays definitely took the right deal.

  6. phil says:

    Agreed ..they took the right deal..


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