Matt Garza Rumors: Tigers Join Yankees, Red Sox, Blue Jays in Hunt for Garza


Because he’s proven his ability to pitch successfully in the American League East, the Blue Jays, Red Sox, Yankees and even Orioles have been tied to Cubs starting pitcher Matt Garza this offseason.  Now, Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports is reporting that the Tigers have joined the mix of Garza suitors as they continue their search for a starter.  Morosi notes that interest in Garza has picked up recently, making it all the more likely that the right-hander be dealt before spring training.

The Tigers have been flying under the radar a bit in their search for rotation upgrades this winter.  While they were in on Athletics left-hander Gio Gonzalez before he was traded to the Nationals, Detroit wasn’t willing to meet Oakland’s asking price.  In exchange for Gonzalez, the A’s were requesting a package built around top Tigers prospects Jacob Turner and Nick Castellanos.

Garza, while more proven than Gonzalez, is also under team control for fewer years.  For this reason, Morosi believes it’s less likely that the Cubs would insist on both Turner and Castellanos in talks for Garza.

But, this is exactly where Chicago may start negotiations, as their asking price for Garza is reportedly sky-high.  This lofty asking price has cooled the Yankees on Garza, though they and the Blue Jays should have what it takes in the minors to swing a deal for the right-hander.

The Red Sox are certainly interested in Garza, but Morosi hears they aren’t in active trade talks with the Cubs at the moment.  Unlike the Blue Jays and Yankees, it’s unknown if the Red Sox have what it takes to bring in Garza.  Boston has already shipped out much of its minor league depth to bring in late-inning relievers Mark Melancon and Andrew Bailey.

Tags: Andrew Bailey Gio Gonzalez Jacob Turner Mark Melancon Matt Garza Nick Castellanos

  • JAYRC_MCB

    As a Tigers fan I’d love the addition of Garza to our already solid rotation. I have no problem parting with Turner and a couple B or C prospects. Castellanos is untouchable though in my opinion unless they are trading for a young star third baseman.
    Some of these deals this off-season have been absolutely ridiculous. I don’t see the Cubs being the exception to the rule either. As you said, I’m sure they’ll continue to demand the world for Garza, similar to the Braves demands for Jurjens and the A’s demands for Gio before he was dealt.
    In the end the Tigers unwillingness to further gut their already paper thin farm system will likely make them settle for a one-year stopgate or rush Turner.
    Guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

  • blaineblontz1

    @JAYRC_MCB Yeah, it seems like they will keep their asking price high, it makes sense at this point.

    Do you think there are any other teams in the Central that can really compete with the Tigers in 2012? Or would Detroit more be looking for Garza to help them in their potential playoff run and to compete with the rest of the AL?

  • JAYRC_MCB

    As a Tigers fan I’d love the addition of Garza to our already solid rotation. I have no problem parting with Turner and a couple B or C prospects. Castellanos is untouchable though in my opinion unless they are trading for a young star third baseman.
    Some of these deals this off-season have been absolutely ridiculous. I don’t see the Cubs being the exception to the rule either. As you said, I’m sure they’ll continue to demand the world for Garza, similar to the Braves demands for Jurjens and the A’s demands for Gio before he was dealt.
    In the end the Tigers unwillingness to further gut their already paper thin farm system will likely make them settle for a one-year stopgate or rush Turner.
    Guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

  • bblontz

    @JAYRC_MCB Yeah, it seems like they will keep their asking price high, it makes sense at this point.

    Do you think there are any other teams in the Central that can really compete with the Tigers in 2012? Or would Detroit more be looking for Garza to help them in their potential playoff run and to compete with the rest of the AL?

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