May 21, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Matt Garza (22) in the dugout against the Houston Astros in the first inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-US PRESSWIRE
The New York Yankees are expressing interest in Chicago Cubs right-hander Matt Garza, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. Heyman reports that if the Yankees decide to add a starter this summer, Garza is the pitcher that most interests them. Heyman adds that the Yankees could view Houston Astros starter Wandy Rodriguez as a backup option to Garza.
According to Heyman, the Yankees covet Garza because he "is battle-tested in the American League East." New York is apparently tired of acquiring National League pitchers only to have them prove unable to handle the transition to the AL.
Heyman reports New York seems to be uninterested in other starters that figure to be available this summer including Zack Greinke and Shaun Marcum of the Milwaukee Brewers and Garza’s teammate in Chicago, Ryan Dempster.
While the Cubs have expressed interest in locking Garza up with a long-term deal, it was reported yesterday by USA Today that Chicago would consider trading their ace this summer.