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Rangers, Blue Jays are the “front-runners” for Matt Garza

Jul 14, 2013, 2:36 PM EDT

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From beat writer Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas:

Many of the same teams that have had strong interest in Chicago Cubs right-hander Matt Garza were on hand to watch his outing on Saturday night at Wrigley Field.

The Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays remain the front-runners for a trade with Chicago, according to industry sources. The Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians and San Francisco Giants have also expressed strong interest in the pitcher.

Garza was not great in that start, allowing two earned runs on 10 hits and two walks over 6 2/3 innings against the rival Cardinals. But he still has a shiny 3.17 ERA and 1.14 WHIP in 71 total innings this season and he’s probably the best available starting pitcher on the trade market (unless the Phillies suddenly decide to shop ace left-hander Cliff Lee).

Garza, 29, is making $10.25 million this season in his final year of salary arbitration. Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune hears that he will be traded before his next turn in the Cubs’ starting rotation.

  1. dondada10 - Jul 14, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    My Canadian friends, what’s the temperature on AA’s seat? Is there a chance he’s gone after this season if the Jays don’t some how capture a Wild Card spot?

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 14, 2013 at 3:28 PM

      No pressure on AA at all. I am surprised to read that they are a front runner for a rental player. Not sure what they would give up. Do the Cubs need a relief pitcher? The Jays have a surplus of quality relief pitchers.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 14, 2013 at 5:22 PM

        As far as the ESPN story is concerned, nobody knows how accurate it is. AA leaks nothing and ESPN is known for shoddy reporting.

  2. jaysfan64 - Jul 14, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    Zero…this is a 3 yr window…

  3. lolnfl - Jul 14, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    didn’t the blue jays trade everybody they had to the marlins?

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 14, 2013 at 3:28 PM


  4. rockthered1286 - Jul 14, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    Do the bluebirds have that much organizational depth left after this past offseason to give the Cubbies what they’d want? If they were asking for the yardbirds #3 AND #5 prospect I’d assume they’re asking for as much everywhere else.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 14, 2013 at 3:29 PM

      What they ask for and what they receive will be quite different.

      • pwt3 - Jul 14, 2013 at 4:09 PM

        Uh, they don’t have to trade him, dimwit. They’re not going to get bent over on a deal. If they are, they’ll keep him and take the supplemental pick when he leaves.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 14, 2013 at 5:12 PM

        The draft rules have changed.There is no guarantee that they will get a supplemental pick.

    • statslady - Jul 14, 2013 at 9:36 PM

      In the pen.(try 3 pitchers who could save games, in addition to the closer), and in relief pitching in the high minors, yes. They have more than enough there to trade for a starter.

  5. thebadguyswon - Jul 14, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    Anthopoulos has decimated the Jays. I can’t imagine him staying on past this year. From gutting the farm (after he built it up) to failing to sign draftees, this has been a horrible year for him.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 14, 2013 at 5:20 PM

      The jays still have a good farm system and 3 pitchers coming off Tommy John surgery who will be available next season. Attendance is up significantly. If you watch Jays games that are played in other cities, there are plenty of Jays fans travelling to see the team play. AA’s job is definitely not in jeopardy.

  6. 13arod - Jul 14, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    Do the bluejays still think they can contend this year

  7. northstarnic - Jul 14, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    Well if that isn’t just the most darling portrait of Matt!

  8. beerjunkie - Jul 14, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    He’s going to the Rangers.

  9. teebone1976 - Jul 14, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    The only way I see AA making this trade is if Garza is willing to sign an extension. Otherwise it’s a desperate move.

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