Jim Bowden of ESPN put together a list of five trades he thinks should happen and one of those involves our Tigers and the Chicago Cubs. The other four options are listed here, but this is the proposed trade from Chicago to Detroit:
The Chicago Cubs trade pitchers Matt Garza and Kevin Gregg to the Detroit Tigers for outfielder Avisail Garcia and pitchers Rick Porcello and Jake Thompson.
The main reasoning behind the deal is adding Garza would give the Tigers the strongest starting rotation in the majors by far, and Gregg is an addition to the bullpen. Now Garza has been solid this season when healthy, with a 5-1 record in 10 starts and an ERA of 3.22 and WHIP of 1.07. Gregg has also pitched very well for the Cubs, saving 15 of 17 games with an ERA of 1.78 and a WHIP of 1.02.
But I don’t think either of these guys would fit well here in Detroit, and I’m not willing to give up the prospects to make this deal happen. Garza would be an upgrade over Porcello if he’s healthy, yes. But would he be better than Fister or Sanchez? When it comes to the playoffs, the fifth starter becomes a bullpen pitcher in long-relief and I think that Porcello is better suited than Garza for that role.
As for Gregg, I have never been a fan of his. Don’t like his stuff, his mental makeup and I don’t trust him in a high pressure role like the World Series. The Tigers would be better off holding on to the prospects for a better relief pitcher than Gregg.
So what do you think Tigers fans? Is the idea of bringing Garza and Gregg to Detroit a great idea or do you agree with me and think Detroit should keep looking? Let us know at DetroitSportsBloggers.com or on Facebook and Twitter.