The Detroit Tigers lost out in the Gio Gonzalez sweepstakes when the Oakland A’s dealt the lefty to the Washington Nationals, but that doesn’t mean the Tigers don’t have other options.
Detroit has apparently expressed serious interest in Chicago Cubs right-hander Matt Garza and they aren’t the only ones. The Miami Marlins – who have essentially been involved in talks for everyone this offseason – are trying to make a move to get Garza as well.
That said, the Tigers can probably offer more in return for the 28-year-old hurler. Detroit may be willing to part with Rick Porcello, Jacob Turner or Nick Castellanos in return for Garza, it just depends on how valuable the Tigers think he is.
Meanwhile, the Marlins would probably have to surrender Class A outfielder Christian Yelich in any deal.
The Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees are all also in the Garza market, since the Fresno State product proved he could survive in the American League East during his time with the Tampa Bay Rays.
In his one season with the Cubs Garza finished with a 10-10 record, with a 3.32 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP in 31 starts. He also had a career-high 197 strikeouts, but for some reason he has become expendable in Chicago.
We’ll keep you posted with the latest, but expect Garza to be out in Chicago within the next month or so.