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'No real favorite'' in 5-team Garza derby

Posted on: January 1, 2012 10:06 pm
Edited on: January 24, 2012 9:00 pm

There is "no real favorite'' in the five-team Matt Garza sweepstakes, according to someone familiar with the talks.

The teams involved the derby for the 28-year-old Cubs righthander at this point are the Yankees, Blue Jays, Tigers, Red Sox and Marlins. With the Cubs seeking young pitchers, it would seem that the Yankees, Blue Jays and Tigers could hold an edge ultimately. The Yankees have Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances, the Tigers Jacob Turner and the Blue Jays several well-regarded prospects at the lower levels. The Cubs are hoping to improve their young pitching stock, and Garza is the most marketable player they're willing to deal.

The Red Sox earlier named Garza, who went 10-10 with a 3.31 ERA in 2011, his only one with the Cubs, as a target in Theo Epstein compensation talks, but it's unclear wether the Cubs would even consider trying to solve the compensation issue while making a bigger Garza deal with Boston. They wouldn't surrender Garza straight-up for Epstein, and it's possible the Cubs would want to keep Garza and the compensation issues totally separate. The Red Sox don't have pitching prospects to match the Yankees or Blue Jays but do have hard-throwing righthander Anthony Ranaudo, who was drafted by Epstein, the new Cubs president.

The Cubs are obviously rebuilding but have been nonetheless tied to the Prince Fielder derby. A Cubs person suggested that while Fielder is the type of player they need, they aren't willing to pursue Fielder at all costs, a not unfamiliar refain for teams pursuing big-name free agents. 


Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: January 2, 2012 2:44 pm

'No real favorite'' in 5-team Garza derby

For the Yankees, Toronto and Detroit, it seems to be a matter of getting a battle tested starter to win this season.
Personaaly, I'd root for Detroit.  However, Turner is supposed to be major league ready - guess they can't wait for his development - Turner could be a real nice piece to building a new team for the Cubs.  Garza would make a good starting rotation that much better.

The Marlins have young position players to send back to the Cubs, like Matt Dominguez and possibly a major league ready OF.  These could be valuable upgrades on what the Cubs have available to them.
They have a new hole at 3B and Marlon Byrd tailed off badly last year.

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