The Detroit Tigers have emerged as a suitor for Chicago Cubs starter Matt Garza.
Interest in Garza has picked up recently, major league sources say, and the Tigers are involved. Multiple teams are pursuing Garza aggressively, increasing the odds that the right-handed starter will be dealt before spring training.
The Boston Red Sox hope to add at least one starting pitcher and are fond of Garza, but they don’t have active trade talks with the Cubs right now, according to one source. It’s unclear if Boston has the prospects to swing a deal for Garza after using so much minor league depth to acquire relievers Andrew Bailey and Mark Melancon.
Fox Sports - Sources: Tigers join pursuit of Cubs’ Garza
It seems like everybody nowadays wants Garza, including everyone in the AL East; except his former team.
In a fair and just world, the Cubs would have to move him to Boston for a couple spare parts. You know, because they stole their President of Baseball Operations from us and have yet to give us anything in return. At the minimum, Epstein should be worth a top-5 prospect or a couple top-10, which I'm sure the Cubs are trying to get for Garza (whether he's worth that is another discussion). So the Red Sox shouldn't have to worry about having to part with one of the top few remaining prospects they have left. Epstein should be the check in that box.
But it's not a fair world. And the Cubs have been taking a huge dump on the Sox ever since they agreed to let Epstein move to Chicago. It's apparent that once the Cubs get their team and farm system set for 2012, they'll figure out who doesn't fit into their long-term plans and flip them over to Boston. We'll sit there and take it. And to think, it wasn't that long ago people assumed the Cubs may have to part with Sterling Castro or Garza to bring Esptein onboard. That the Sox ownership group was too strong and savvy for the Cubs. Tom Ricketts is probably still laughing at that one.
So now we're left to watch the Cubs trade Garza back to the AL, where he'll surely dominate the Red Sox once again. I just ask that they keep him out of the East. If you can't give us anything for Epstein, you could at least do this small favor.
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