Chicago, IL – The Chicago Cubs bolstered their rotation Saturday, announcing the acquisition of Matt Garza in an eight-player trade with the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Cubs also received outfielder Fernando Perez and minor league pitcher Zachary Rosscup while the Rays netted five prospects -- pitcher Chris Archer, catcher Robinson Chirinos, infielder Hak-Ju Lee and outfielders Sam Fuld and Brandon Guyer.
Garza has spent the past three seasons with the Rays after pitching for Minnesota in 2006 and 2007. He was 15-10 with a 3.91 earned-run average in 33 games, including 32 starts, last season.
The 27-year-old right-hander, who threw a no-hitter last July 26, has a career mark of 42-44 with a 3.97 ERA. He has made at least 30 starts each of the last three years.
With Chicago, Garza would help a rotation that currently includes the combustible Carlos Zambrano, Ryan Dempster, Randy Wells and Carlos Silva.
The Cubs also welcome Perez, who has compiled a.234 batting average in 41 big league games, and Rosscup, who spent last season between rookie ball and short-season Single-A.
As for the players the Rays received, Archer is considered one of the top prospects in the Cubs' system. The 22-year-old righty was a combined 15-3 with a 2.34 ERA last year at the Single-A and Double-A levels. Lee, a 20-year-old from South Korea, batted .282 at Class-A Peoria last year.
Fuld has played 98 games for the Cubs the past three seasons, hitting .252 with seven doubles in 131 at-bats. Chirinos and Guyer spent last season at Triple-A Tennessee.