The Moon and Matt Garza

Somewhere in between all of the rumors surrounding Matt Garza is what Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer are actually asking for in return for their best starting pitcher.

As Epstein pointed out last week, “Matt Garza is the type of pitcher you want to build around. He’s a proven top-of-the-rotation guy, a proven performer in the playoffs. It’s hard to find top-of-the-rotation guys, so if you have them, and there’s a way to keep them around, that’s always compelling for the club. With that said, we’ve been honest. We are in a mode where we have to listen on everybody. And if there’s a way to improve the long-term outlook for this club in a significant manner, we can’t look past the opportunity. In the case of Matt Garza, perhaps nothing happens, or perhaps we can turn him into a long-term asset by extending him on a deal that makes sense for everybody. We’ll listen, because there’s always an active trade market for top-of-the-rotation guys with multiple years of control.”

So if a team would like Garza on their roster, it is going to cost them.

Rumors suggested Wednesday that the discussions for Matt Garza have increased, but as Seth Everett said on MLB Network Radio/XM Radio, the Cubs are asking for the moon in return for Matt Garza.

Here’s the update …

Matt Garza
According to reports from David Kaplan and Jon Heyman, the Cubs are asking for a lot in return for Garza and appear to be focusing on young pitching in return. According to Heyman, the Yankees and Blue Jays have what it would take to acquire Garza from the Cubs.

A possible package that the Yankees could trade for Garza has not yet surfaced from reliable sources but several names from Toronto’s system have hit the rumor mill.

The names from the Blue Jays’ system include: Kyle Drabek, Deck McGwire, Jake Marisnick, Anthony Gose and Justin Nicolino. Just because those names have surfaced, it does not mean any of those players are being discussed and it does not mean that four or even all five would be included in the same package for Garza … remember rumors are rumors until a deal is actually announced. With that said, by most accounts the package the Cubs are seeking in return for Garza would match up better with the players from the Jays’ system … and Jim Bowden confirmed the Cubs and Blue Jays are discussing a deal for Garza.

Joel Sherman (MLB Network Radio/XM Radio) briefly discussed the Garza rumors with Seth Everett during MLB Roundtrip late Wednesday night. Sherman thinks the Cubs asking price is similar to what the Royals received for Zack Greinke last winter … four, very good, high-end young players. Sherman thinks the Jays have a big move or two in them this winter and might decide to pay the price for Garza. But despite the rumors, Sherman does not see the Yankees trading for him.

The Red Sox have also been mentioned as a possible destination for Matt Garza but Ian Browne (Red Sox beat writer for MLB.com) does not think Boston has enough to trade for Garza after acquiring Andrew Bailey. Browne joined Casey Stern and Jim Bowden during Inside Pitch (MLB Network Radio/XM Radio) after the Bailey trade was announced. Browne explained that the Sox no longer have the prospects to acquire Garza … and pointed out the obvious, how well Theo Epstein knows what is left in Boston’s system.

The Cubs appear to be listening to offers for Matt Garza while trying to decide if they want to build a staff around him … but one thing appears to be certain, if the Cubs decide to deal Garza, Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer are not going to give him away.

News, Notes and Rumors

There was a small fire at Wrigley Field on Wednesday morning … and all bad jokes aside, no one was hurt and the fire was contained to one area. The Tribune reported it was a small electrical fire and not the Cubs’ new regime trying to burn Alfonso Soriano’s contract.

Former Cub Mark DeRosa signed a one-year contract with the Washington Nationals. DeRosa figures to be with his new team on Opening Day at Wrigley.

According to a report from Comcast SportsNet, Kerry Wood re-signing with the Cubs may not be as inevitable as everyone once thought it was. Wood would like to sign a more market value contract according to Kaplan and the two sides have yet to agree to a deal.

Ken Rosenthal reported Scott Boras is taking his time with a deal for Prince Fielder. Boras described the process as being time-consuming because he has to educate the owners and GMs about Prince Fielder.

Well, there’s the update … and I’m sticking to it.

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