Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago reports that the Jays and the Rangers both had scouts on hand to watch Matt Garza’s side session on Monday, as you’ll be able to see from the tweet below, where he says pretty much exactly that…
A lot of the “scout spotted in process of doing his job” stuff that gets tossed around this time of year doesn’t really mean quite as much as we often like to believe, I don’t think. But watching a side session, I think, demonstrates a higher level of genuine, serious interest than basic due diligence, if only because there has been plenty of opportunity for the Jays to watch Garza over the last month– and over the course of the whole season, which I’m sure they would have been doing, seeing as Garza has long been known to be one of the more likely pieces to be on the block, and since Levine mentioned earlier that the Jays were interested as far back as the Winter Meetings.
Does this mean anything is imminent? Definitely not. And with the Rangers, and their far more legitimate playoff shot, interested, I can’t help but wonder– as I’ve mentioned a few times in the lead-up to today’s deadline– if maybe they’ll have the incentive to be just that much more aggressive than the Jays.
Still, where there’s smoke…
So… there’s that.
Image via Jonathan Daniel/Getty.
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.”
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According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Toronto Blue Jays may be showing interest in acquiring Matt Garza from the Chicago Cubs.
One rival executive reports that the Jays are “sniffing all over” Cubs right-hander Matt Garza – a move that would make some sense, considering that Garza is under club control through 2013. But the Jays also have needs in first base and left field, and a long-term question at second base, withKelly Johnson only on a one-year deal.
Rosenthal quite rightly points out that the Blue Jays aren’t exactly one move away from competing, even next year, let alone this year. However, Garza, with an additional year of team control in 2013, would be a more compelling addition than a one year rental given the team’s current position in the AL East.
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