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Matt Garza still drawing plenty of interest

Posted on: December 31, 2011 7:36 pm
Matt Garza

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Teams still looking for a front-line starter have apparently focused in on one guy -- Cubs pitcher Matt Garza.

The 28-year-old right-hander is available as new Cubs brass focuses on rebuilding long term, while Garza's attractive not only because he went 10-10 with a 3.32 ERA for the Cubs last season, but also because he's arbitration-eligible for the next two seasons.

According to several reports, the Marlins, Tigers, Yankees, Red Sox and Blue Jays are interested in Garza. The American League East teams are particularly interested, because Garza has braved baseball's best division as a member of the Rays.

The newest name out there available for the Cubs is Toronto right-hander Kyle Drabek, Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune writes. Drabek was the main piece the Phillies sent to Toronto in exchange for Roy Halladay. Drabek, 24, was 4-5 with a 6.06 in 18 games and 14 starts for the Blue Jays in 2011.'s Jon Heyman reported the Blue Jays and Yankees have the type of pieces the Cubs are coveting for Garza. Word is the asking price for Garza is quite high, which would match what has been given up for the likes of Gio Gonzalez, Mat Latos and Trevor Cahill, although those three are under team control for longer than Garza.

The Cubs, though, don't have to act now. They can hold onto Garza and wait until a team gets more desperate during the season. It would, however, be a bit of a surprise if Garza is still a Cub in August.

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Since: Jun 5, 2010
Posted on: December 31, 2011 11:07 pm

Matt Garza still drawing plenty of interest

If there going to trade him, trade him outside of the division. Shawn marshall is going to make the cubs pay for trading him to the reds, now we have to face him 18 times a year.

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: December 31, 2011 9:42 pm

Matt Garza still drawing plenty of interest

Theo may be reaching if he's looking for a similar haul to what Latos brought. Latos is younger, cheaper, more controllable and probably has a higher ceiling than Garza. Then again, mediocre to decent pitchers are getting such outrageous deals nowadays that teams desperate for a quality starter might grossly overspend, which appears to be the Cubs strategy here.

Since: May 30, 2007
Posted on: December 31, 2011 9:32 pm

Matt Garza still drawing plenty of interest

I'm not sure Drabek can pitch in the majors.

Since: Aug 16, 2008
Posted on: December 31, 2011 9:12 pm

Matt Garza still drawing plenty of interest

They should grab Kyle Drabek if they can.

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