Garzas gonna Garz.
Before Twitter went absolutely fucking ape goof over the sad, possibly premature, end of the Travis Snider era, you may have noticed a few rumblings about the Jays’ renewed interest in Cubs pitcher Matt Garza.
There’s a “very high chance” he gets dealt today, tweeted Jayson Stark of ESPN, after speaking with an unnamed executive who also told him that the Jays “have been bearing down on him.”
Ridiculous imagery aside, it certainly did seem like the Jays were very interested, as their name came up from a number of different sources: Ken Rosenthal tweeted that they were a more realistic landing spot for him than the Texas, and Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago pointed out that the Jays are interested– and have been since the Winter Meetings– and the Cubs have been extensively scouting the pitchers at Lansing.
Most interestingly, perhaps, is the report from Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star, who says that “the Jays are believed to have already asked the Cubs for permission to conduct a physical exam of the ailing veteran.”
This stuff was all swirling, of course, when Snider was pulled off the field, which led to many people assuming it was a deal for Garza that was coming– and, I suspect, led to a lot more irrational hatred of Brad Lincoln than was probably deserved. But because it didn’t happen then certainly doesn’t mean that it won’t before today’s 4 PM ET deadline.
It’s just… if you thought Travis Snider was a high price to pay for Brad Lincoln, um… you’re probably going to want to sit down before you hear what it takes to get Garza– who, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, isn’t likely to go, at least according to the Cubs themselves.
Posturing? Perhaps. But it’s hard to envision the Jays actually giving up one of the Lansing pitchers that are so coveted in a deal for just a year and two months of Garza, who is not only injured currently, but looking more like the 1.5 – 3.0 win guy he was for Tampa, and not the 5 win pitcher he was last year, in his first turn with the Cubs.
Yes, the Jays have had two thirds of a season worth of performance on which to judge who the best of the Lansing trio to part with is, but part of the appeal of Sanchez, Syndergaard and Nicolino is that even if only one of them hits on anything close to his true, massive potential, you’ve done incredibly well for yourself. Trading away these lottery tickets must be something that the club wades into with trepidation– and we’ve seen from their other deals that they probably feel more comfortable aiming lower.
We’ll know soon if that changes, but a part of me– based on no kind of knowledge– has started wondering if they really believe in the Carlos Villanueva they’ve seen this season (and that they saw last year, before he started trying to pitch through an injury) and Aaron Laffey and his new cutter, too. These don’t seem like great pitchers to go to war with in the AL East, but I can understand wondering just how much of an upgrade Garza may present.
Update: Buster Olney tweets that a Garza for Upton deal makes sense for the Cubs and Arizona, and adds that the Diamondbacks are “working hard on something big.” So… perhaps it’s a moot point?
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