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Matt Garza- Garza is a free agent so it wouldn’t be costing the Nats any prospects and he also wasn’t offered a qualifying offer so he won’t require any draft picks sent back either. He can be picked up with just the money in Mike Rizzo’s pockets. Is he willing to spend the money on Garza to come in and be the number four starter? I would. He did have a poor second half of the season in 2013 but put him on a team that is leading a division and he could be a pretty good option. He won’t have much pressure on him being the number four either.

He strikes out about eight batters per nine innings, while he usually gives up about seven hits per nine. In the first half of last season with the Cubs he allowed just over three runs per nine innings, which with the Nationals offense should be good enough to get a W in the left column. He is a low risk, high reward if they can get him cheap. He can only help the rotation, as long as his emotions stay in check. 

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  • JWLumley

    I’d prefer Matt Garza (OPM), and want no part of the Nolasco/Jimenez/Vogelsong trifecta and while Price and Scherzer sound good. Giolito tops triple digits with his fastball and the offspeed stuff is said to already be big league ready. You’re talking about a guy who could develop three plus plus pitches, so I’d really prefer Garza.

    • Ryan Ritchey

      I agree. I feel like he will get the most out of his contract. I don’t expect him to ask for much either. He could solidify the three or four in the rotation. Nats could end up having the best rotation in the N.L. if they sign Garza and stay healthy.