Thursday, December 29, 2011
WGN Radio’s Dave Kaplan reported Wednesday via Facebook that the Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox are among those discussing a trade for the 28-year-old Garza, who was 10-10 with a 3.32 ERA in 2011, his first year with the Cubs.
Garza is under team control through the 2013 season, which greatly enhances his trade value. In fact, Kaplan reported, Cubs management’s “incredibly high” price for Garza could prevent a trade.
I find myself unmoved by a potential Garza acquisition. Particularly if the price teams are paying so far this offseason is indicative of the price the Yankees would have to pay. Unless they can make a steal like trading for Andrew Bailey and Ryan Sweeney and giving up nothing of any value. Seriously, how does Oakland justify making a trade where they give up the only two decent players? I guess they save some money at least.
In other “news”, or at least what qualifies as news now that the Yankees are on an austerity budget, Yankees Sign Lefty P Hideki Okajima. It’s a minor league deal with an invite to spring training. My guess is he’s done as an effective reliever, but whatever. Doesn’t hurt to give him a shot I guess.
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