Blue Jays Rumors: Wandy Rodriguez and Matt Garza

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.

The Blue Jays have been tied to starting pitching for much of summer, especially after they lost starters Brandon Morrow, Drew Hutchinson and Kyle Drabek to injury.

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.

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Who should the Blue Jays target; Rodriguez or Garza?

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