Last night David Kaplan of CSN Chicago wrote that the Cubs and the Tigers are “down the road” in talks that would see Matt Garza move to the Motor City for prospects. “The Tigers have a handful of top-end prospects,” he wrote , “and appear to be willing to meet the Cubs asking price of multiple highly-regarded prospects.”
The Jays, he says, are among teams that “have expressed serious interest in Garza,” and would lose out on him if the Tigers were to meet Chicago’s exorbitant asking price.
We sorta knew that the Jays have sniffed around Garza– at least, we knew that as much as we can know anything about what the fuck Alex Anthopoulos is up to– so this isn’t exactly news, especially since Kaplan doesn’t necessarily say that they still do. But in an interesting bit of follow-up, he clarifies on Twitter (via MLBTR) that by “down the road,” he means “that talks have progressed far beyond the initial stages,” which I’d say is a bit different than what’s implied in his report, which makes it sound like something may be imminent.
Is there a chance the parameters are shifting? The Cubs are softening? The Jays could get back into the game?
How the fuck should I know? All I know is that everybody is pointing to a tweet from Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus, who says that the Tigers would move right-hander Jacob Turner– who John Sickels rates their best, and only A- prospect for 2012 at Minor League Ball– but not third baseman Nick Castellanos (ranked second, a B+). Even just one of those guys is hell of a fucking hefty price for only two years of Garza, but if the Cubs are getting closer to accepting what somebody’s offering, perhaps it bodes well for the Jays chances of forcing their way back in there– as does the fact that the Cubs just signed another body to add to their rotation mix in Paul Maholm.
Despite the fact that Alex Anthopoulos told reporters yesterday that he might well be done adding to his club, in a very Anthopoulosian way, he left the door open to continue working out deal. It was enough to get the headline writer at the Toronto Star to say that the club is “still shopping.”
Honestly, though, that’s a whole whack of entirely baseless speculation on a day with very little fucking else to write about. And I’d suspect the Anthopoulos quote from yesterday that pertains best to this situation is, in fact, the one singled out by the Tao of Stieb: “There are a lot of things we could have done this past off-season to say that we did it, but I don’t think they would have been good timing or good trades for us… I think they would have been bad.”
So… there’s that.