It’s funny because I wrote nearly the same article the last time Matt Garza was traded – the Yankees were interested, but didn’t like his price tag.
This time they are once again interested in dealing for Garza, but they aren’t currently engaged in talks because they don’t like the Cubs asking price and the fact that his salary is becoming more significant, according to Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports. He is expected to earn about $8 million this season and even more in 2013, the final year before he is a free agent.
We’ve seen this before from the Yankees. Brian Cashman is willing to deal prospects as long as the player is cost controlled for a few years. We saw that when it came to Curtis Granderson. But like we saw with CC Sabathia, he would rather not pay in both prospects and dollars.
The Yankees have also been very reluctant to deal their prospects this offseason as they are trying to cut payroll. They were never seriously engaged in talks with Gio Gonzalez or John Danks and those are both pitchers who have had more potential and better seasons than Garza.
It’s not that Garza is a bad pitcher, but he is certainly no clear cut front of the rotation type. His 3.32 ERA, 9.0 K/9, and 2.9 BB/9 were impressive last season, but those are all better numbers than he ever put up in the American League and his 109 ERA+ is not something I’d like to see the Yankees give up top prospects for.
I will continue to follow the Garza rumors, but this is not something that looks very promising from the outset. Cubs president Theo Epstein is probably very familiar with the Yankees farm system, maybe he’ll surprise the Yankees by asking for somebody they don’t value as highly as he does.