July 5, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Matt Garza (22) pitches in the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE
The Toronto Blue Jays are showing interest in pitchers under team control beyond the 2012 season, and Chicago Cubs right-hander Matt Garza and Houston Astros left-hander Wandy Rodriguez are high on their list, reports Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports.
#BlueJays showing most interest in pitchers under control beyond this year. Matt Garza and Wandy Rodriguez high on their list, sources say.— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 7, 2012
Though they’ve played .500 baseball through the All-Star break, the Blue Jays currently find themselves in the basement of the American League East. Still, Toronto is only 2 ½ games out of the final wild-card spot.
The Blue Jays’ interest in starters that are controllable beyond 2012 would seem to rule them out on marquee free agents-to-be, including Philadelphia Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels and Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Zack Greinke.
Garza is under team control through the 2013 season, while Rodriguez’s contract includes an option for the 2014 season that becomes a player option if he is traded.
Who should the Blue Jays target; Rodriguez or Garza?