While it is an in vogue enterprise to speculate as to the identity of Matt Garza’s 2012 team, anyone who can tell you definitively where Garza is going – if anywhere – is either a psychic or a charlatan.
That’s because I highly doubt even Theo Epstein or Jed Hoyer could tell you what will become of Garza’s future.
Discussions with a number of teams continue about Garza, but there is no “favorite” to land the top-line starting pitcher, according to Jon Heyman. This weekend, the Detroit Tigers were seen by many as the front-runner for Garza, presuming they were willing to include top pitching prospect Jacob Turner. The Miami Marlins also stepped up on the strength of “serious” interest in Garza, but no one has yet been able to articulate a particularly attractive package come from the Fish.
Heyman says the Tigers, together with the Blue Jays and Yankees, probably do hold the edge in trade talks, as the Cubs are seeking young pitching, something those three teams can offer.
Other teams like the Rangers and Red Sox are probably still hanging around at the periphery of the discussions.
Talks about Garza will continue this week, with the Cubs undoubtedly reminding all comers that the team does not have to trade Matt Garza, an asset under control through 2013, and a pitcher around whom the Cubs could seek to rebuild their rotation in the near term.