Matt Garza Rumors: Marlins Showing "Serious Interest" in Garza

Yesterday it was reported that the Tigers joined the list of suitors for Cubs starting pitcher Matt Garza, which already included three American League East clubs, the Yankees, Blue Jays and Red Sox.  Now, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports is reporting that the Marlins are another club that’s showing “serious interest” in Garza.  Rosenthal says no deal is close, but the Cubs are discussing Garza with several clubs.

Time and time again this offseason the Marlins have been tied to starting pitchers.  Even after the addition of Mark Buehrle, Miami has reportedly still been on the hunt for a top-of-the-rotation arm.

Rosenthal reports that, after missing out on left-hander Gio Gonzalez, the Marlins have turned their attention to Garza.

While Miami isn’t willing to deal major leaguers Mike Stanton or Logan Morrison, Rosenthal is hearing that third baseman Matt Dominguez, first baseman Gabby Sanchez, outfielder Chris Coughlin and reliever Jose Ceda are on the table.  According to rival clubs, the Marlins would be willing to include some combination of said players in a trade for Garza.

While this list offers Chicago several intriguing young players, the Cubs have made it known that they are more interested in acquiring young starting pitching.  Most of the Marlins trade chips are young position players.  Rosenthal believes this may give other clubs, such as the Tigers and Blue Jays, the upper hand in negotiations for Garza.

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Tags: Chris Coughlin Gabby Sanchez Gio Gonzalez Jose Ceda Logan Morrison Mark Buehrle Matt Dominguez Matt Garza Mike Stanton

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