The interest in Matt Garza has picked up and teams are fighting as hard as ever to get him. While teams may have to give up a lot in return to get him, it appears they are willing to give it up. The free agent to be has been the most coveted player on the open market this July and it appears that he finally will be traded.
The teams interested in Matt Garza, according to Jim Bowden of ESPN, are the Rockies, Rangers, Red Sox, Nationals and Diamondbacks.
Texas, Washington, Boston, Arizona and Colorado are all in on Garza and to a lesser extent Cleveland
— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) July 16, 2013
Some of the teams are starting to become more aggressive in their pursuit of Garza, reports Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish. While those teams are unknown at the moment, we can expect all of the teams to pick up the pace in their pursuit of Garza, as he is by far the best starting pitcher available on the market.
While teams have a different level of interest in Garza, let me break down their odds and level of interest in him:
As of right now, they appear to be the favorite, as they have the most and best assets that the Cubs covet in a potential Garza deal. Names reported to go to the Cubs in a potential Garza deal are Mike Olt and Martin Perez, both of whom are very good players. While Olt has struggled, the Cubs obviously see something in him that makes them want him.
Source: Several teams being more aggressive in Garza sweepstakes this week. #Rangers are the favorites. #Cubs
— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) July 16, 2013
As of right now, the Rockies don't appear to be a serious contender in the Garza sweepstakes. While they may be in the race to acquire Garza, that doesn't mean that the Rockies are willing to give up what it takes to get Garza. The Rockies do, however, like Garza very much, according to Troy Renck:
Rockies like Garza. A lot of teams do. But even $$ issues hammered out I am not sure if match on prospects is possible
— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) July 14, 2013
The Nationals, like the Rockies, don't appear to be serious contenders in the Garza race. They already have a solid rotation with pieces like Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Dan Haren and others, so the need really isn't there. The Nationals do have the prospects that the Cubs may want, but it is unlikely that the Nationals would give up assets for a position that isn't really a need.
The NL teams known to be in on Garza have been the #Cardinals, #Giants, #Nationals and #Dodgers. Cards+Nats unlikely, per reports.
— Robert Murray (@RobertMurrayMLB) July 15, 2013
The Diamondbacks may have the best odds of any team in the National League to acquire Garza. There level of interest isn't known, but they have been looking for a starting pitcher all month, as they have looked at guys like Yovani Gallardo of the Brewers and even Matt Garza's teammate Jeff Samardzija. The Diamondbacks definitely appear to be a fit for Garza, but will they be willing to part with some of their top prospects? That is unlikely, as it has been reported that top pitching prospect Tyler Skaggs is off limits.
Arizona GM Kevin Towers has focused more on relief pitching in his public comments, but rival execs think D-Backs will add a starting P.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 14, 2013
The Red Sox do not appear to be 'big players' in the Matt Garza sweepstakes, as the Cubs are asking for two of the Red Sox top pitching prospects and it doesn't appear that the Red Sox are ready to fulfill the Cubs demands. While the Red Sox interest before seemed unclear, they were reportedly sitting in the weeds in the Garza race, but it ultimately appears that they have backed out.
Red Sox not big players in the Garza sweepstakes http://t.co/7rjxJlgovM @Sean_McAdam #RedSoxTalk
— CSNNE.com (@CSNNE) July 16, 2013
As of now, it appears that the Rangers are the favorites to land Garza, with the Diamondbacks sitting in second right now. As I said before, the Nationals, Red Sox and Rockies appear to be on the outside looking in on the Garza race.
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