Despite everything we’ve heard about the Yankees staying quiet this offseason, they will keep checking through their options and one of the bigger names on the trade block is the Cubs’ Matt Garza.
The Yankees would have interest in Garza, Joel Sherman of the NY Post reports, but they are not currently in talks with any teams regarding starting pitchers.
It’s still too early for that kind of stuff really. The Winter Meetings start on December 5 and that’s when I expect teams to really start discussing trades.
It’s hard to say exactly what the Cubs would expect in return for Garza, but his trade from Tampa to Chicago would be a good template for a deal. In that trade Garza was sent over along with two not-phenomenal prospects for Chris Archer (rated No. 27 by Baseball America pre-2011), Sam Fuld, Hak-Ju Lee (No. 92 by BA pre-2011), another decent prospect and a minor league lifer.
Another interesting thing in the trade talks is how Brian Cashman will be able to work with Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer now that the two are no longer with the Boston Red Sox (Hoyer was with the Sox prior to the Padres). Obviously trades between the Yankees and Sox almost never happen, but Cashman and Epstein have a mutual respect toward each other and now that they are not division rivals they may actually be able to work well together. Or maybe old habits die hard.