Detroit Tigers Appear to be Contenders for Matt Garza

A report that the Tigers have interest in Matt Garza appears to be catching some steam.  As covered by John Verburg last week, the Tigers might be a landing place for the talented Cubs right handed starter.

Earlier today,  John Paul Morosi of Fox Sports reported that the Tigers have officially joined the Blue Jays and Yankees as teams with known interest in Garza.  Since the Tigers have already been linked to current Atlanta Brave, and former Tiger, Jair Jurrgens it appears that the organization isn’t quite ready to hand the final rotation spot over to a prospect such as Jacob Turner, who would likely be the starting point in any deal for Garza, and would instead prefer to add a pitcher with major league experience.

A deal for Garza makes sense since he’s still relatively young, has had success in the AL and is signed for the the next couple of years.  However the reported asking price, his ascending salary and the fact that he would make the Tigers rotation all right handed would make the move somewhat questionable.   Regardless, as the free agent market for starting pitching is drying up it appears the Tigers are content to pursue potential trades for a final starter.

Topics: Detroit Tigers, Jair Jurrjens, Matt Garza

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  • woodnick

    With the interest in Jurrgens and now Garza, whom I like and know would be an upgrade over our current options, I’m starting to believe that our best option just may be Wandy Rodriguez because Wandy would most likely cost far less prospect wise and is left handed. Garza presents a cheaper salary and he’s “AL east” proven, but the cost to acquire him would probably be close to what Oakland wanted for Gio, i.e. Turner and Castellanos, and I don’t think Garza warrants that.

    • MCBjohnverburg

      @woodnick I don’t like Rodriguez at all. He would be much cheaper of course than Garza, but he doesn’t perform well against the American League over his career. I do like the fact it seems the Tigers are in the market for some of these guys like Gonzalez and Garza. They are better pitchers than Scherzer and Porcello, and it shows they are serious about going after a World Series now.

      • woodnick

        @MCBjohnverburg I guess I should have qualified my statement on Wandy as “best available likely trade.” I’m not the biggest Wandy fan either and would much rather work out a short-term deal for Paul Maholm or a similar free-agent.

  • valordesign

    If the Tigers offer Turner, I have to imagine they would be the favorites to land him. It seems the only other candidates are the Yankees – which I don’t think are serious at all since they don’t want to part with Banuelos and dont want to add to their luxury tax situation, Toronto – this is not the type of deal AA usually prefers with multiple prospects involved, and the Marlins – who have the prospects, but they don’t have the pitching prospects that the Cubs seem to be targeting in return. They are in rebuilding mode and Turner is exactly the type of prospect you would look for.

    From the Tigers point of view, I don’t know if I would even make the trade straight up. I like the idea of signing someone like Oswalt for a year, holding onto Turner and pull a trade for Scherzer next year. I think the Tigers are in too much of a full out win now mode for that though.

  • valordesign

    If the Tigers offer Turner, I have to imagine they would be the favorites to land him. It seems the only other candidates are the Yankees – which I don’t think are serious at all since they don’t want to part with Banuelos and dont want to add to their luxury tax situation, Toronto – this is not the type of deal AA usually prefers with multiple prospects involved, and the Marlins – who have the prospects, but they don’t have the pitching prospects that the Cubs seem to be targeting in return. They are in rebuilding mode and Turner is exactly the type of prospect you would look for.

    From the Tigers point of view, I don’t know if I would even make the trade straight up though. I like the idea of signing someone like Oswalt for a year, holding onto Turner and Smyly and pull a trade for Scherzer next year. I think the Tigers are in too much of a full out win now mode for that though.