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After throwing six shutout innings on Saturday, Ryan Dempster couldn't avoid questions about his potential departure from the club.
According to ESPNChicago's Bruce Levine, 10 teams have shown serious interest in Dempster.
With a little more than two weeks until baseball's trade deadline, 10 teams have shown legitimate interest in acquiring Dempster's services for the remainder of the season, according to industry sources. Those clubs include the Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox and Atlanta Braves. […]
This season, Dempster is 5-3 with Major League-leading 1.86 ERA.
Levine reports that the Cubs are not only interested in young pitching prospects, but a highly-rated third-base prospect also is on the their wish list.
Execs of 2 teams who spoke to Cubs this week say they're mentioning Bryan LaHair's name regularly in trade talks. Since 5/15: .220/.278/.341— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) July 12, 2012
Despite the slump noted by Stark in the above tweet, LaHair has a very good .286/.364/.519 overall batting line in 2012. LaHair collected 12 doubles, 14 home runs and 30 RBI during the first half, and those numbers helped him earn an All-Star nod.
The Chicago Cubs are almost certain to trade either Ryan Dempster or Matt Garza, if not both. According to Jon Heyman of CBS, the Los Angeles Dodgers have emerged as the front runners to acquire one of the two pitchers.
Chicago Cubs pitcher Matt Garza figures to be one of the most sought after players on the trade market, assuming of course that Chicago's new front office decides that they want to move him. Various teams have already been mentioned as potential suitors for the Cubs pitcher, including the Detroit Tigers. But Danny Knobler of CBS Sports reported on Sunday night that the Tigers are unlikely to deal for Garza this season.
The Chicago aren't going to compete for anything meaningful in 2012, so the trade rumors surrounding 28-year-old starter Matt Garza are sure to intensify as the non-waiver trade deadline approaches. It appears interest from around the league is beginning to grow. On Thursday Garza pitched against the Atlanta Braves -- going 4.0 innings and giving up five earned runs in a 7-3 loss -- and scouts for the Toronto Blue Jays, Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds, Boston Red Sox, Arizona Diamondbacks and St. Louis Cardinals were all in attendance, according to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports:
Related: Cubs Minor League Wrap: July 4
Garza has been very solid for the Cubs since joining the team in 2011 via trade. He posted a 3.32 ERA and 2.95 FIP in 2011 and the 28-year-old has a 4.32 ERA and 4.38 FIP over 93.2 innings in 2012. He is third-year arbitration eligible in 2012 and will become a free agent after the 2013 season.
In an anonymous survey of general managers and other top executives conducted by CBS Sports, the majority of respondents said they believe that Cubs starter Matt Garza holds more trade value than either Zack Greinke or Cole Hamels. The reason is not because Garza is the better pitcher -- the executives agree that he isn't -- but because the club that gets him will control him for a longer period of time. That team would also receive a draft pick as compensation in the event that Garza decided to leave via free agency.
The general consensus, though, is that while Garza seems to rank third among these three good pitchers, he is worth more than the other two on the trade market because of the following two points:
1. Garza will be tied to the acquiring team for a year and a half, not just a half year
2. A draft choice will still be attached to Garza whereas a team acquiring Hamels or Greinke would not have the benefit of an acquired draft choice should Hamels or Greinke leave via free agency after this year. That's because of the new CBA rules stipulating free agents must spend a year with their final team for their team to be awarded a pick.
Related: Cubs Minor League Wrap: July 4
The Braves remain high on Mike Minor, Julio Teheran and Randall Delgado, but they're looking for more consistency in their rotation. If they can get a difference-maker such as Matt Garza, they could include on of those three in a deal.
We'd still wager heavily that Matt Garza will get traded in the next month. But if it happens, it'll definitely be a heavy-duty kind of deal. One AL executive's description of the Cubs' current model for a potential Garza trade is "the Ubaldo Jimenez deal." Translation: It's going to take two young, controllable players with big upside.
Garza is 3-6 with a 4.06 ERA for the Cubs this season. He has stuck out 79 and walked 23 in 84.3 innings.
The Atlanta Braves had top talent evaluator Jim Fregosi watch Chicago Cubs pitcher Matt Garza's recent start against the White Sox, as ESPN Chicago's Bruce Levine told readers in a recent chat. Rumors have tied numerous teams to Garza recently, with Levine noting that as many as seven other teams may be interested.
With starter Brandon Beachy potentially needing Tommy John surgery, the Braves are reportedly on the lookout for another starter to join the rotation. At the moment, Jair Jurrjens is being promoted from Triple-A Gwinnett to replace Beachy in Atlanta's rotation, but his 5.27 ERA in the minors this season doesn't exactly speak well to how he's pitched this year.
Garza had some mixed results in his start on Monday against the Sox, giving up two homers as part of a three-run, six-inning outing that included six strikeouts. His ERA sits at 4.07 over 13 starts this season.
"Five days is the farthest I look," Garza said afterward. "I can’t control anything. I don’t know what’s going to happen or what might happen or anything like that. So my job is to get ready every five days and go out there and give my team the best chance to win. That’s about it. That’s all I can do."
The Cubs traded for Garza in the 2011 MLB offseason, sending a collection of top prospects to the Tampa Bay Rays. He went on to have a career year with the Cubs as he threw 198 innings of 3.32 ERA, 2.95 FIP baseball. He currently is under team control through 2013, but at age 28, he may not fit into the Cubs long-term plans.
The Chicago Cubs (18-32) have not won many games in 2012, but they certainly hope to win in a few trades. The club has several veteran playerss being targeted for potential trades, but none will be more highly sought than SP Matt Garza, the 28-year-old righty who is coming off a career year in 2011.
According to Jon Heyman, two clubs potentially interested in the California native may include the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. The two AL East teams have struggled with their starting pitching in the 2012 season, getting 5.06 and 4.60 ERAs from their staffs respectively.
Meanwhile, Garza has a 4.22 ERA and a 3.62 Skill Interactive ERA, both number which represent a modest step back from his success in 2011, but are still relatively strong. The AL East clubs are interested in acquiring the one-time member of the Tampa Bay Rays because he has a history of success in the division, unlike many of the other pitchers likely to hit the trade market.