The Oakland A’s have the 11th-best starters’ ERA in baseball, but they’re interested in joining talks for perhaps the best pitcher on the trade block: Matt Garza.
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported during Fox Sports’ broadcast of the New York Yankees versus Boston Red Sox game on Saturday (and as Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle relayed on Twitter) that the A’s are trying to jump into the Garza trade talk.
.@Ken_Rosenthal just reported on Fox the A’s are trying to jump into Garza talks.
— Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) July 20, 2013
Garza looked to be headed to the Texas Rangers on Friday morning, when multiple outlets reported that the deal was 99 percent done. But, according to Fox Sports, the deal hit a snag. The report speculates that it could be medically related, which would make sense. Garza also has plenty of injury history, and the speculated players that would’ve gone to the Chicago Cubs also have injury history–Mike Olt (vision) and Neil Ramirez (shoulder).
Other teams interested in Garza, who has a 1.24 ERA over his last six starts, include the St. Louis Cardinals, Arizona Diamondbacks, Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians. There are likely a few other teams also keeping tabs with the Cubs about the right-hander, most notably the Los Angeles Dodgers, but they’ve yet to re-engage with the Cubs as of Friday, according to the report.
The A’s, as of Saturday, can also be added to that long list of teams. While a starter isn’t a glaring hole, they could use some stability. Dan Straily has been shuffled between the minors and majors, and Brett Anderson is on the DL with a foot problem.
Oakland could also look for a middle infielder as an upgrade over Eric Sogard at second base–Chase Utley’s name has been tossed around a bit.