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Nationals “have kicked the tires on” Matt Garza

Jul 7, 2013, 2:30 PM EST

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Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post has it:

The Nationals have kicked the tires on Cubs right-hander Matt Garza, one person familiar with the situation said. Talks between the teams have not progressed to the point of the Nationals offering the Cubs a formal proposal.

Garza is also thought to be drawing trade interest from the Orioles, Rangers, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Indians and Dodgers, so he is not going to be an easy (or inexpensive) get for the team that ultimately acquires him.

Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun reported Saturday that the Cubs wanted two of the Orioles’ top five prospects — infielder Jonathan Schoop and left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez — in exchange for Garza.

Garza has an excellent 3.45 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 52/18 K/BB ratio through his first 57 1/3 innings this season with Chicago. The 29-year-old is scheduled to hit the free agent market in November.

  1. theinconvienenttruth - Jul 7, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    From the look of it, the Cubs are weighing their options of lowering their price or just hold onto Garza and take a supplemental pick for him. I just don’t see any of the teams you’ve listed willing to give up their top prospects for Garza without control beyond this year.

  2. proudlycanadian - Jul 7, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    Garza must be a freak on nature. When did he grow tires?

    • heyblueyoustink - Jul 7, 2013 at 3:41 PM

      There’s a part of me that wants to respond to your slapstick comment:

      Ah, much better.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 7, 2013 at 4:07 PM

        Thanks!

  3. jwbiii - Jul 7, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    But are they eying him coyly from across the room?

  4. spudchukar - Jul 7, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    If he is the “stud” they believe that could be painful. Not to mention if they sign him, he becomes a retread.

  5. carpi2 - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    Given the Nats’ current starting pitchers, I can’t see the them very willing to give up top prospects for Garza, who would probably be the 4th man in their rotation, and most likely a half-year lease.

  6. soxpower - Jul 8, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    To all national fans i have met this guy on Multiple Occasions and ur getting one of the most Human and down to earth baseball players on the planet. Who also happens to be a good pitcher. He’s a guy any organization would be lucky to have.

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