May 11, 2012; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Chicago Cubs pitcher Matt Garza (22) pitches against the Milwaukee Brewers in the first inning at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-US PRESSWIRE
The Toronto Blue Jays are "sniffing all over" Chicago Cubs right-hander Matt Garza, one rival executive told Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. The Cubs are reportedly willing to listen to offers on Garza, while the Blue Jays are considered to be a fit for the 28-year-old. Beyond the Blue Jays, the New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers have recently been tied to Garza.
It’s been speculated that the Blue Jays could be aggressive this summer on the trade front. Toronto’s general manager Alex Anthopoulos has said that his team is more likely to acquire impact players via trade than free agency, and the Blue Jays have one of the game’s best farm systems.
However, Rosenthal isn’t sure what direction the Blue Jays will head come July’s non-waiver trade deadline. Rosenthal notes that the Blue Jays are "short at least one hitter and one starting pitcher", concluding that Toronto is not simply "one move away" and may be "more ready to win next season than they are right now".
Still, despite losing six of their last 10 games, the Blue Jays are two games over .500, leaving them only three games back of the American League East-leading Tampa Bay Rays.
Rosenthal does concede that Garza would make some sense for the Blue Jays. Toronto’s rotation could use a veteran starter and the Cubs would figure to be interested in the bevy of prospects the Blue Jays have to offer.