Garza to Boston talk continues

By Jeff Louderback

Multiple media reports indicate that the Red Sox are out on Ryan Dempster but in the hunt for American League East battle-tested right-hander Matt Garza.

Dempster and Garza, of course, pitch for the Chicago Cubs, who are operated by first-year president Theo Epstein and first-year general manager Jed Hoyer. Both executives undoubtedly know the Red Sox farm system since they had a role in bringing many of the draft picks and international free agent signings to Boston.

The Cubs and Red Sox conducted business earlier this season when relievers Chris Carpenter and Aaron Kurcz were shipped to Boston as compensation for Epstein leaving the Red Sox early for his new role with the Cubs.

Last week, the Red Sox traded 29-year-old right-hander Justin Germano to the Cubs. Germano was designated for assignment to make room for Jacoby Ellsbury on the active roster. In his lone appearance for Boston, Germano logged 5.2 scoreless innings against the Yankees. He posted a 2.40 ERA in the Pawtucket starting rotation.

Could the Germano deal be the warmup for a more substantial transaction between the teams before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline? Chances are, the answer is yes.

The Red Sox have a well-stocked farm system and current players on their major league roster and Triple-A roster that will peak the interest of Epstein and Hoyer. The Cubs have Garza, the 28-year-old right-hander who is under team control through next season (meaning he is arbitration eligible) and has a track record of success in the AL East with Tampa Bay. Garza is just 5-7 with a 4.02 ERA for the woeful Cubs this season, but a chance to scenery that would involve a return to the pennant race could be just what he needs.

ESPN’s Buster Olney said today that the Red Sox are an early favorite to acquire Garza, yet reports in the Boston media indicate that there are some officials who believe that Garza does not represent a significant upgrade on what the team already has, especially considering the cost in prospects it would take to get the deal completed.

7 Responses to “ Garza to Boston talk continues ”

  1. He’s definitely not an ace and the asking price might be inflated. But he might be the best available pitcher to have.

  2. So they need another Beckett type performer?

  3. It’s probably best that they don’t lose prospects for anything less than a frontline starter. The Braves inquired about Lester (who continued his godawful season today) and the club seemed reluctant to have a discussion. Cash him in before his value plummets even further.

  4. I was at the game today, John, and Lester is gone. Atlanta will ship the bag of balls we got by FEDEX.

    Texas and NY. Does Valentine have a “Do not resuscitate” card for this team because they are certainly of life support and heading towards a flat line.

    These are your two aces? 13-23 in their games? Jamie Moyer is still available.

  5. Two of the biggest mistakes this club has made the past four offseasons: 1. Not showing more interest in Sabathia. It was countered the next season with the Lackey signing.

    2. Extending Beckett in 2010. That money could’ve gone toward a pursuit of Cliff Lee.

  6. Could not agree more on CC. May have been one of the best all time FA signings. Sometimes you strike gold and sometimes you get Lugo and Lackey.

    I wonder if they made any sort of offers to Lee and CC?

  7. I know they met with both guys. Can’t remember if they extended offers or not. If they did they were obviously figures that showed that the team had only lukewarm interest.

    Hopefully Lackey makes a good recovery and is effective for the remainder of his Sox career. Even then he won’t be worth the contract.

    We really need to find a taker for Beckett. That would free up some salary space to sign Cole Hamels if he decides to hit free agency.

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