July 5, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Matt Garza (22) pitches in the second inning against the Chicago Cubs at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE
Morosi adds that while talks aren’t yet considered to be serious, the Cubs have recently scouted Detroit’s prospect-heavy Double-A affiliate. This is the team top third base prospect Nick Castellanos is currently playing for.
The Cubs are expected to field trade offers for Garza this summer. While he may not be as highly regarded as other available pitchers, such as Philadelphia Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels and Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Zack Greinke, Garza figures to appealing for several reasons.
First of all, the 28-year-old is under team control through the 2013 season, while Greinke and Hamels are slated to become free agents at the end of this year. Also, Garza has a track record of success pitching in the American League’s toughest division, the AL East.
Should the Tigers pursue Garza?