A tandem move with a theoretical Paul Maholm signing? It’s fair to wonder.

Tonight, Dave Kaplan is reporting that the Chicago Cubs and Detroit Tigers are “down the road in discussions” about a deal that would send Matt Garza to the Tigers for prospects. There are no details from there at this time.

The Tigers, among many other teams, have long been in discussions with the Cubs about Garza, but, until now, it would have been difficult to characterize those discussions as advanced. In fact, I’ve been told that the Tigers have been at the table, and then away from the table, and then back to the table, and then away from the table, before this report.

While I have no reason to doubt Kaplan’s report – he’s been exceptional with this kind of stuff lately – I should caution that the Cubs are believed to be having discussions with a number of teams about Garza presently, and are holding firm to a very high asking price. These kind of trade talks, as you’ve seen, can drag out for a very long time, only for nothing to ultimately happen, and then both sides deny the talks ever took place.

  • KidCubbie

    “7:41pm: On Twitter, Kaplan clarifies that “down the road” means trade talks between the two teams have progressed “far beyond” the initial stages. Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus hears that the Tigers are willing to talk about Turner, but they are far more reticent when it comes to third base prospect Nick Castellanos”-MLBTR

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  • http://bleachernation loyal100more

    garza again takes the sites top topic

  • http://bleachernation loyal100more

    can someone please tell me a little about smyly… like for starters his first name

    • Mick

      The thing I like most about this blog is that people come to play with their info. They give advanced stats, find interesting articles to read, and cite their refrences. If you want to play you need to start bringing something more than your opinion to the table. His name is Drew, Drew Smyly.


      Just a few websites with Tigers’ prospect rankings.

    • EWood

      From baseballinstinct.com

      3. Drew Smyly LHP 6/13/1989 H: 6’3″ W: 1990 – A 2nd round pick in the 2010 Amateur Draft out of Arkansas, Smyly wasted no time in proving that he belonged. He started his season at Advanced-A Lakeland, but ended the season in Double-A Erie sporting a 1.18 ERA, giving up 6 earned runs and walking 15 and striking out 53 hitters in 45 innings pitched. He got it done with a low-90s fastball and advanced command and control of his curveball and change-up. Due to this season’s efforts Smyly was named Tigers’ Minor League Pitcher of the Year.

      Our Instinct: He’ll need more time in the minors, probably a return to Erie to start next season, but the argument could be made that Smyly is just as ready to hold down the Tigers 5th rotation spot as Turner. The question will be whether Smyly’s stuff will translate well at higher levels without a power arsenal like Turner’s. Keep an eye on him. He knows how to pitch.

  • Dumpman

    I cant see anything getting done until Darvish signs IMHO.

  • jandersonjr81 father of Caden

    I talked to Cleo(the psychic) and she said Detroit was giving us their top 15 prospects. She then proceeded to charge me $100 but said I could slide if I rolled her a blunt.

  • DON

    Is there going to be anybody left of the old Cubs team?

  • Rev. Bud Green

    I hope not

  • njriv

    So what’s the pulse on this rumor?

    • King Jeff


      That’s about it.