The Chicago Cubs are beginning to re-shape their roster under new management, and that has them listening on basically everyone. According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Cubs continue to talk with teams about starting pitcher Matt Garza and are prioritizing young starting pitching in any possible deal.
Heyman adds that executives believe that the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees have the pieces to get a deal done, while Jim Bowden of ESPN is reporting that the Cubs and Blue Jays are still discussing Garza trade. Toronto appears to be one of the more aggressive teams on the premium pitching market, as they reportedly were pursuing both Gio Gonzalez and Mat Latos before those two pitchers were traded to other teams.
Given that Garza is under control for two years while coming off a strong campaign, the Cubs are presumably commanding a big return for their top pitcher. Top young pitchers on the Blue Jays include Kyle Drabek, Henderson Alvarez and Drew Hutchison, while the Yankees' top young pitchers include Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances.
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