SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 02: Matt Garza #22 of the Chicago Cubs pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at AT&T Park on June 2, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
While most rival clubs believe the Chicago Cubs will trade Matt Garza this summer, the team is leaving open the option of signing the 28-year-old long-term, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. If the Cubs are unable to reach an agreement with Garza and instead opt to trade him, Rosenthal believes the Toronto Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees of the American League East could be interested, as well as the "all-in" Detroit Tigers.
The Blue Jays and Yankees have been tied to Garza in recent days. According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, if the Yankees decide to add a starter this summer, Garza is the pitcher that most interests them.
Yesterday, Buster Olney of ESPN speculated that the Blue Jays would be a logical fit for Garza due to his experience pitching in the AL East, Toronto’s deep farm system and their need for a veteran starter.
Rosenthal added that the Orioles and Tigers could show interest in Garza if he is made available this summer.