It was reported yesterday that the Boston Red Sox would attempt to acquire starting pitcher Matt Garza from the Cubs. Today David Kaplan of the Chicago Tribune is reporting that the better half of the American League East will throw their hat in for Garza, as the Toronto Blue Jays and the New York Yankees are also reportedly interested in the starting pitcher’s services.
Garza, 28, posted a 10-10 record in his first season with the Cubs in 2011. He recorded a 3.32 ERA in 31 games for Chicago, while striking out 197 batters in 198 innings pitched. The club acquired the right-hander just last winter, and still have him under control through the 2013 season, however the team is under new management after hiring former Boston Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein to run their baseball operations. Garza was has posted a sub-four ERA each year since 2007 when he started 15 games for the Minnesota Twins. The right-handed pitcher also spent two seasons on another American League East team, the Tampa Bay Rays.