It’s here! It’s here!
The first Matt Garza rumour sighting of the season! And another one on top of that to boot!
It’s finally here!!!
The non-waiver trade deadline is only about a month away, and with the draft over– and most teams *COUGH* having come to terms with their first round picks– rumour season is apparently already upon us!
Take it away, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports!
Cubs right-hander Matt Garza, who might be the best active pitcher currently available in a trade, is drawing considerable interest from teams in both leagues and on both coasts.
The Orioles, Rangers, Giants, Padres and Dodgers are all said by sources to have varying degrees of interest in acquiring Garza, with the Blue Jays, Red Sox (though they seem more focused on bullpen help at the moment) and several other teams seen as possible destinations for the 29-year-old.
With the Jays’ rotation currently full, and Brandon Morrow and J.A. Happ on the mend, it might sound a little bit rich to think that the club might give up the kind of package it would take to land a guy like Garza, but let’s not forget that the rotation currently features Chien-Ming Wang, Esmil Rogers, and… y’know… Josh Johnson, R.A. Dickey and Mark Buehrle.
This week Jonah Keri previewed the trade deadline from an AL East perspective at Grantland, and suggested that the Jays, indeed, might still be looking for another reliable starter, noting the woeful performance of the rotation so far.
“If Rogers Communications is willing to open its fat corporate wallet one more time for the deadline,” he writes, “pencil in the Jays as one of the most likely candidates to pursue a starting pitcher — a difference-maker of a starting pitcher.”
I’m not so sure about that– especially after all the slobbering over Noah Syndergaard this week, who Danny Knobler tweets impressed the hell of a scout who saw him in Double-A this week (“I can’t believe Toronto gave him up”), and about whom a scout told David Laurila of FanGraphs this week, “it wouldn’t surprise me if he’s pitching in New York next season. He‘s a horse.” But… maybe?
MLB.com’s Cubs reporter Carrie Muskat tweeted yesterday that the Jays were one of five teams with a scout at Garza’s most recent start. Due diligence and all, I know, but… who am I to stop the flood of trade rumours about to inundate us?
And then there’s this one, too– again from Knobler over at CBS Sports. He writes:
Scouts are due in Tijuana, Mexico, on Friday to watch Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, a 26-year-old [Cuban] right-hander who is expected to sign soon. The word in the scouting community is that he could command as much as $60 million over five years.
. . .
Gonzalez threw his fastball mostly at 94-95 mph, but he touched 96. He also throws a cutter, the many curves and a changeup.
Gonzalez is especially attractive because he’s old enough that money spent to sign him won’t count against a team’s limited pool for international signings.
His report says that about 60 scouts went to watch Gonzalez at a showcase last week, including Red Sox GM Ben Cherington. So, it’s not unprecedented to think that a GM might head down Tijuana way to check him out, which leads us to this…
@AndrewStoeten spotted AA at Pearson boarding a plane for San Diego…. Whatever that’s worth
— Chris F (@the_fenom) June 28, 2013
Well, well, well. Due diligence and all, again, yes. But still… interesting. (The Padres are in Miami this weekend, it should be noted.) Scott Ferguson has an interesting piece up at TSN.ca, outlining some other possibilities as well.
FYI, we talked trade– including Garza– on today’s edition of the Getting Blanked Podcast. Have a listen.