A few days ago the Yankees missed out on yet another trade of a quality starting pitcher when the Rays traded Matt Garza to the Cubs. For a typically aggressive team that is desperate need of another starter the question quickly becomes, why?
Apparently the problem was that because the Rays are in the same division as the Yankees they were more reluctant to trade him to them and as such the price became too expensive for the Yankees.
Unfortunately that is the way it works out. It doesn’t always work out for the trading team this way because essentially they are taking another bidder out of the mix for a player they are trying to move, but in this case it’s hard to fault the Rays. They have gotten worse this offseason, but they still have a strong starting five and could compete with the Yankees for the wild-card this season. There is no reason to go and make the Yankees stronger by doing them the favor of dealing a starter to them.
The Yankees may have been able to blow the Rays away with an offer and land Garza, but a move like that would hurt them in the long run. Sure they could have been able to add him and make their rotation stronger, but it would have meant giving up even more prospects than would be typically necessary in that type of a deal. Prospects who can either help directly by being called up or ones that could be used in other future trades. In the end they probably made the right call.
What do you think? Did the Yankees make a mistake by not getting more involved in talks for Garza? Or would the high cost of Garza offset the value they would get out of him?