Marlins targeting Garza?
MIAMI — Toss Matt Garza’s name into the mix of possible Miami trade targets.
Acquiring another frontline starting pitcher remains a priority, and reportedly Garza fits the mold.
Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com claims the Marlins have “serious interest” in Garza. No deal is close, but the interest makes sense.
To seriously compete in the NL East, the Marlins are looking for as much starting pitching depth as possible. They’ve already signed free agent Mark Buehrle, and they made a strong push for C.J. Wilson, who eventually signed with the Angels.
Miami also pushed hard for Gio Gonzalez, who ended up being traded from the A’s to the Nationals.
Garza, 28, is projected to make between $9-10 million in arbitration in 2012, and he isn’t eligible for free agency until after the 2013 season.
The Cubs reportedly are seeking a trade package similiar to the deals that sent Mat Latos from the Padres to the Reds and Gonzalez to Washington.
There is stiff competition for Garza, who also is being coveted by the Yankees and Blue Jays.
The Cubs are looking for top prospects, and the Marlins are willing to part with some of their high-end young talent for an established starter.
Outfielder Christian Yelich, part of low Class A Greensboro’s championship team, is highly coveted.
The Marlins have made it clear that Logan Morrison and Mike Stanton are off limits, but they would be willing to move other young players, if the deal made sense.
– Joe Frisaro