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.
That is despite the fact that, according to Knobler, Chicago's special-area scout David Littlefield recently scouted Detroit's Double-A squad. Although Garza is still under team control through the 2013 season, the team that trades for him will likely look to offer him a long-term extension. The Tigers, though, are fresh off of signing Prince Fielder to a $200 million-plus contract and are thought to be averse to spending major money in the near future.
Likewise, Garza would almost certainly command a top prospect, and Detroit may not want to deal one of their best young farmhands for a rental. That said, the Tigers are clearly in "win now" mode, and may get desperate come the trade deadline if they find themselves further from the AL Central lead.
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