According to a report from the Boston Globe, six teams have been in consistent contact over the past few weeks with Theo Epstein about the availability of Matt Garza. Nick Cafardo reported the six teams could include the Braves, Tigers, Cardinals, Red Sox, Blue Jays and Royals … and there could be more.
The Cubs reportedly listened to offers for Garza throughout the off-season but were not offered a suitable package for the 28-year old right-hander that will not hit free agency until after the 2013 season. Reports have suggested that the Cubs were, and still could be, interested in signing Matt Garza to a long term contract. The two sides did not reach an agreement prior to the season and many think the Cubs will move Garza in the right deal. Matt Garza put together one of his better starts since April in Sunday’s loss to the Diamondbacks. Garza made only two mistakes in seven innings, his longest outing since April 29, and retired 16 in a row at one point (three runs on five hits with a walk and seven strikeouts in seven innings).
Matt Garza is 1-3 in his last five starts with a 3.77 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP. Garza has struck out 30 batters while walking only four (26 hits) over his last 31 innings. In 84 1/3 innings this season, Garza has issued only 23 walks with 79 strikeouts.
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