The Cubs have plenty action coming up. The action won’t necessarily be on the field but in the front office. Jed Hoyer and Theo Epstein are working their magic to find the best trade fit for Matt Garza. Multiple teams are interested in
Garza, but the Cubs are looking to re-stock their farm system and make sure they can field a competitive team in the near future. The return on Garza is key toward the Northsiders’ rebirth.
Here’s the most recent news on Garza:
- Chris Melito of Canada.comthinks Matt Garza would cost the Toronto Blue Jays too much in return for the team to be able to pull off a trade. When speaking of available trade targets like Garza, Melito said:”The front of the line trade candidates all have a few things in common. They are at or near the end of their contracts, their current teams would demand high-end prospects in return, and their new contracts would be likely well out of the range the Jays would spend.”
- Roch Kubatko of MASNthinks the Orioles may be legitimate contenders in pulling off a trade for Garza. He said, “It makes sense, since executive vice president Dan Duquette is always in the market for pitching and the Orioles send scouts all over the place. It’s been a while since the Orioles looked like buyers instead of sellers”With the Orioles competing later in the season than they have for a long time, they very well could be buyers at the trade deadline like Kubatko suggested. They have the prospects and the money to pay Garza if their goal is a long-term extension.
- Could the Red Sox deal Daniel Bard should he be able to figure things out at Triple-A? Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe thinks it’s a possibility. Many see Bard as a possible trade candidate if he can figure things out. He’s young and affordable, something the Cubs would look highly on.”Bard had his best outing Thursday (two scoreless innings, four strikeouts) and it’s obvious that he is going to return to Boston as a reliever. Epstein has always been a big fan.”
- Continuing with the Red Sox possibilities, Eric Seidman of ESPN Chicago thinks Garza could be a fit for Boston. Both Garza and Ryan Dempster are available, and the Red Sox are not ready to concede the season. So, they may be interested in one or the other or both. “The Red Sox’s interest in Cubs pitching doesn’t have to stop there, either, as Matt Garza is conceivably available as well.”