The question is simple, with their current contracts and everything involved, who would you rather have on your team, Jon Lester of the Red Sox or Matt Garza of the Rays? The stats:
Lester: The Red Sox's tough lefty, threw a no-hitter and broke out last season after getting the win in the Red Sox's 2007 World-series clinching win. Blew through the Sox's system, making his major league debut in 2005. Threw his first full season in 2008. Signed through 2013 with a club option for 2014 (if anyone knows a good site to find contract info please post it in the comments)
IP: 236.2 (about 85 innings more than 2007)
Garza: Rays spitfire-er(?) throws hard from the right side. Had command and emotional issues early last year, but came through to become one of the Rays better starters. He Won the ALCS MVP, beating the Red Sox twice. Pretty sure he's arbitration eligible next seson and under team control until 2011 (again, could be wrong, will fix if corrected.
IP: 209 ( about 32 more than 2007)
(Note: Matt Garza's statistics do not include minor league stats. Innings, ks and BBs include playoffs, tRA does not.)