We heard recently that the Cubs are looking to shop Matt Garza. Even today we heard that they were going to try to do so “aggressively.” But Theo Epstein isn’t having it:
“He is exactly the type of guy we’d like to build around,” Epstein told reporters at Wrigley Field. “We need starting pitching.”
1. This doesn’t mean that they aren’t shopping Garza. It just means that they will want a lot for him; and
2. Isn’t Jed Hoyer the GM of the Cubs? I love how Theo Epstein is quoted about player moves all the time. It’s like Hoyer is Andrew Ridgely or John Oates or something.
Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Yankees and Mariners are both expressing interest in Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ.
Happ is posting a 3.48 ERA and a 94/25 K/BB ratio in 82.2 innings across 14 starts and has been stingy with the hits as well. Between that, the Blue Jays’ lack of contention and the fact that Happ is in the walk year of his three-year, $36 million deal, all signs point to the Jays trading them.
In normal circumstances you might not expect the Jays to make a trade with the Yankees, but at this point it sort of doesn’t matter, does it? It’s not like Happ in New York on a couple month rental will impact the 2018 Jays too much. And, given his pending free agency, it’s not extraordinarily likely that he’d haunt the Jays from the Bronx long term either.
There’s not a ton of elite pitching currently available, but as the trade deadline approaches — a little over a month to go on that score — the talk about Happ, Cole Hamels, Francisco Liriano and others will heat up. Figure the Yankees will be linked with any and all available starters.