Cubs, Tigers Talking Matt Garza

7:41pm: On Twitter, Kaplan clarifies that "down the road" means trade talks between the two teams have progressed "far beyond" the initial stages. Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus hears that the Tigers are willing to talk about Turner, but they are far more reticent when it comes to third base prospect Nick Castellanos (Twitter link).

5:52pm: The Cubs and Tigers are “down the road” in talks about a deal that would sent Matt Garza to Detroit for a package of prospects, according to David Kaplan of The Yankees, Red Sox and Blue Jays have also expressed serious interest in Garza, Kaplan writes. However, the Yankees aren’t comfortable with the Cubs’ asking price despite their “tremendous” interest in the right-hander. 

The Tigers appear to be willing to meet the Cubs’ asking price of multiple highly-regarded prospects, according to Kaplan. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported last week that the Tigers could move right-handed pitching prospect Jacob Turner in the right deal.

The Cubs are nearing a deal with free agent left-hander Paul Maholm. Ryan Dempster, Chris VolstadTravis Wood and Randy Wells could fill the team’s rotation out and make Garza available. He’s under team control through 2013 and figures to earn $9MM or so in 2012 through arbitration.

246 Responses to Cubs, Tigers Talking Matt Garza Leave a Reply

  1. joeybw 3 years ago

    Not back in the AL! Former Ray pitchers tend to own us. Except Kazmir, we took him apart but so did everyone the last few years.

  2. vtadave 3 years ago


    Guess if you’re going to rebuild, you may as well go full-rebuild.

    • nictonjr 3 years ago

       When Zambrano, Doug Davis and Casey Coleman were part of your rotation, that’s actually an upgrade in SPing.  If they can get Randy Wells out of the rotation, it’ll be a major upgrade….

    • j6takish 3 years ago

      You NEVER go full rebuild. Just ask Sean Penn, you remember I Am Sam?

      • jtg102404 3 years ago

        classic post from a very underrated classic movie! Im sure not many people got that at all lol…however i am in favor of a full rebuild tho…it needs to happen and is already looking promising imo

    • GaryLeeT 3 years ago

       That’s a tear down, not a rebuild. There must be a phenom in next year’s draft, because they are gunning hard for him. But hey, Cub fans are preconditioned for this. 100 loss team? No big deal.

      • stewie75 3 years ago

        at least it’ll happen because we actually want it to this time haha

      • Hal Jordan 3 years ago

        “That’s a tear down, not a rebuild. There must be a phenom in next year’s draft, because they are gunning hard for him.”

        They’ve got a ways to go if they want to beat out the Astros for the 2013 #1 pick.

  3. If Epstein is able to get two of Jacob Turner, Nick Castenellos and Drew Smyly, I would be beyond ecstatic.

    • JacksTigers 3 years ago

      Not even the slightest chance.

      • gocubs418 3 years ago

        How do you know?  I bet your wrong

        • JacksTigers 3 years ago

          Keep dreaming.

          • nycub 3 years ago

            The story reports that the Tigers are apparently willing to meet the Cubs’ demands…so idk about dreaming

          • wrestlingcritic 3 years ago

            If it does happen, it would most likely be Smyly because hopefully Inge is gone after this year and Castellanos will be ready to take his spot

          • notsureifsrs 3 years ago

            castellanos hasn’t even played in high-A yet

          • wrestlingcritic 3 years ago

            I apologize, my contempt for the poor play of Inge last year has clouded my reasoning with unbridled optimism

      • RationalSportsFan 3 years ago

        Dombrowski is known to overpay with prospects, but that would be a brutal overpay.  As a Tigers’ fan, I am a little worried though.

        Edit: “known to overpay” is a bit strong. Probably should have said something like “willing to include to prospects.”

        • JacksTigers 3 years ago

          They wouldn’t do it for Gio, so why would they do it for Garza?

          • gocubs418 3 years ago

            You know *Hoyer* has full leverage here?  He will only take a supreme deal.  AKA  destroy your farm system.  Alright that is a bit of a dream, but Cubs will win this deal no matter what.

          • Encarnacion's Parrot 3 years ago

            Except that Epstein isn’t the GM, so he wins nothing when it comes to trades.

          • RationalSportsFan 3 years ago

            I thought Beane wanted all three, or at least Turner and Castellanos (Smyly is way below those two in value).

            I legitimately fear something like Turner + Smyly for Garza.

          • Richard Ellard 3 years ago

            Keep Smoking that stuff if you think Smyle is way below! Bet Smyle has a better career then Turner!

          • wrestlingcritic 3 years ago

            Garza is far more established and has big game experience, and has better command

          • TheBigNice 3 years ago

            I really don’t think they will, but who knows. I’d sure like to see Turner in Detroit for years to come (assuming he pans out…eh?) But Including any two of Turner/Castenellos/Smyly for 2 years of Garza seems crazy after balking at the Gio demands. Maybe it’s Porcello on the block??? I don’t know…

          • Nick Novak 3 years ago

            They are different pitchers with much different numbers and experience?  Idk, it makes more sense to me.  The AL Central doesn’t look like it’s going to be very strong this year, so obtaining Garza would be a great move for the Tigers.  Garza is more of a “win now” move than Gio

          • tennlions 3 years ago

            The term “overpay with prospects” is interesting. How do you overpay with something that you can’t accurately judge the value of? If prospects panned out all the time every GM wouldn’t be willing to trade them away.

        • Jeff Westcott 3 years ago

          Except for the Renteria deal I can’t think of another trade where Dombrowski “over paid.” It seems to me that most of his bad deals have been of the “give-up a little, gain nothing variety,” i.e. Jarrod Washburn. Dombrowski’s true weakness lies in handing out bad extensions, i.e. Dontrelle Willis, Nate Robertson, Jeremy Bonderman, Carlos Guillen, etc.

          • Jay LeBlanc 3 years ago

            etc. = Leyland, Lamont, Inge.

      • jayrig5 3 years ago

        I’m not sure I’d be so confident if I were you.  

    • Ferrariman 3 years ago

      maybe for Castro.

  4. Fstuffup 3 years ago

    If detriot adds garza then they are just beast! Cleveland might have had a chance before but not anymore

  5. JacksTigers 3 years ago

    I have very mixed feelings about this.

  6. tfsmag 3 years ago

    hah, i can’t wait to see the return on this. I’m sure Tigers fans are going to end up being disappointed with what they gave up.

  7. joeybw 3 years ago

    Tigers can’t be giving up what the A’s wanted for Gio, can they? It happened again though, as it always does. GM comes out and says “we wont trade Turner” and you just know he’s in this deal.

    • JacksTigers 3 years ago

      I think there will be something around Jacob Turner, Andy Oliver, and Hernan Perez.

  8. TophersReds 3 years ago

    Damn. The Cubs rotation is going to suck without Garza. They’ll be like what, a 60-65 win team? I feel bad for Travis Wood, especially if Dempster is going to be their #1.

  9. renegadeisback 3 years ago

    I wouldn’t trade Jacob Turner for 2 years of Matt Garza.

    • RationalSportsFan 3 years ago

      Agreed.  If you believe Turner is even a 3 or a 4, you don’t trade him for two years of Garza.

  10. Tigers now accepting any and all Minnesota Twins cast-offs!

    • JacksTigers 3 years ago

      Garza is a pretty good cast-off.

    • Fstuffup 3 years ago

      Ya i bet the twins sure feel good about shipping Garza away… I think throwing in Bartlett was what really got the trade going

    • notsureifsrs 3 years ago

      delmon young was the cast-off in that trade; garza was the prize the twins gave away … to get the cast-off

      • JacksTigers 3 years ago

        Say what you will about Young, but that was a great move by the Tigers. He may not be very good, but for what we traded, we really can’t lose. Say we sign Cespedes or another outfielder who’s better, we could flip DY for something that’s at least half way decent. Even if it’s a bench player or a middle reliever, that’s better than Lester Oliveros.

        • notsureifsrs 3 years ago

          it definitely wasn’t a great move, but it didn’t hurt them any. he was a replacement-level player for detroit in 2011 who hit well in 5 ALDS games and then poorly in 4 games in the ALCS

          it’s pretty unlikely that anyone is going to give the tigers something useful for a ~$6M season of delmon young and oliveros could still pan out if he gets his control in order, but at least for 2011 the DY trade didn’t end as badly as it could have

          tigers fans will probably remember him for that one great series instead of the 0-win player he really was

          • Jay LeBlanc 3 years ago

            I’ll remember him as being the final piece that the lineup was missing, and the protection he gave to Cabrera and Martinez. Sad that you only saw him in the playoffs, while he was quite injured and STILL a presence. Delmon is still really young, too, and could really blossom. Look at what Cabrera and Martinez did for Alex Avila. Won’t make him any better of an outfielder, but his hitting could take a drastic climb soon.

          • notsureifsrs 3 years ago

            your optimism is charming, but nothing new. teams have been crossing their fingers with rationalizations just like yours for years now when it comes to DY. never pans out

            delmon already had almost 200 PA (his entire reg. season in detroit) hitting with the protection of one of baseball’s best hitters in miguel cabrera. the result? a 101 wRC+ (that’s 1% better than the average MLB hitter)

            and his wRC+ over the last 3 full seasons without that protection? exactly 100. so cabrera’s protection gave him a…1% boost

            other hitters with 100 wRC+’s over that time:

            maicer izturis
            rafael furcal
            jamey carrol

            now if you like that because it comes in the form of an occasional home run binge, more power to you. who am i to judge. but objectively speaking, it’s not impressive for a corner outfielder – especially one so inept defensively making $6M. there’s just not much value there

  11. I don’t like this.  No sir, not one bit.  Turner…fine, but it’s gonna take more than Turner. I also didn’t like giving up Miller AND Maybin for Miggy, but I guess that worked out…

    • FunkyTime 3 years ago

       Well, you were crazy then.  Any number of prospects are worth a 24 year old Miguel Cabrera.

      Unfortunately a 28 year old Matt Garza is not worth near as much.

  12. joeybw 3 years ago

    You got it all wrong, Tigers are just making sure this man never no hits them again.

  13. If we (Tigers) get Matt Garza…..we compare nicely with the Rangers. Yankees are not even on my radar this year, its the Rangers we have to worry about.

    • JacksTigers 3 years ago

      Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. If 2008 taught me anything, it’s that everyone should be on your radar.

      • joeybw 3 years ago

        You got that right and we’re still awesome. Man with our rotation, can you imagine a Paul Konerko type behind Longo? Rays should be favorite for the East this year unless the Yankees trade for a top end SP.

        • Onetimeaccount 3 years ago


        • Alladur7 3 years ago

          There’s no way the Rays are favorite for AL East with their offense (or lack thereof). The Red Sox and Yankees are ALWAYS the favorites. Forget the Sept. collapse. Boston should still be greatly feared, especially if they get some kind of pitching…

          • Stuart Brown 3 years ago

            If Beckett and Buccholz come back and pitch 190+ innings, it shouldn’t matter too much what their 4-5 guys do especially with that offense.

            A 1-3 of Lester, Beckett, and Buccholz is very good.

          • cacavolante 3 years ago

            im not sure the rays are the favorite but their rotation is good enough that i wouldnt dismiss them as you do.

    • wrestlingcritic 3 years ago

      And the Angels are…where?

    • GMwannabe 3 years ago

      I love that nobody is even considering the Red Sox.. This time last year we were heavy favorites and have basically the same team..
      Amazing what a few beers and a bucket of chicken will do

      • Alladur7 3 years ago

        Nah people just take the September collapse to mean the Sox suck. But in reality I think they are actually improved already. Same lineup (best in baseball) and their bullpen is suddenly looking strong.

      • No, it’s amazing what a complete collapse and no sense of team unity will do.

        • GMwannabe 3 years ago

          fair points.. im loving having a team this talented on nobodys radar..

      • Guest 3 years ago

        there back end of the rotation is much weaker when you subtract the 4.00 era/200 innings they expected from lackey and matsuzaka.  lost their dominant closer, traded there ss for a setupman, lost both rf canidates.

  14. EightMileCats 3 years ago

    I’m hoping for something along the lines of Turner, Crosby/Oliver, Fields gets it done…

    • tigers22 3 years ago

      Exactly.  Just not JT and Castellanos.  I’m fine with one of them, plus Oliver and another lower level guy. 

  15. tigers22 3 years ago

    As long as it’s not Turner AND Castellanos… I guess I’m on board.  Although I don’t really like trading Turner for another SP.  I think he’ll be better than Garza in a few years.  It’d really show a “win now” attitude from DD and Illitch

  16. jumpsuitjohnny 3 years ago

    Being a Tigers and SF giants fan I have a bad feeling about this. Its similar to the same feeling I had right before Sabean decided to trade his best prospect in Wheeler for two months of Beltran.

  17. Its gonna be Turner or Castellanos plus. I’ll guess:

    Detroit gets: Matt Garza, Marlon Byrd

    Cubs get: Turner, Casey Crosby, Brenny Paulino and Eugeni Velez.

    • JacksTigers 3 years ago

      Why would we want Marlon Byrd?

    • Kevin 3 years ago

      Marlon byrd is worth nothing to us

    • Jeff Westcott 3 years ago

      Marlon Byrd is nearly useless to the Tigers. If they agreed to take his $6.5M contract off of the Cubs’ hands they should then expect to sent FEWER players back to the Cubs not more.

    • BlueCatuli 3 years ago

      Byrd? Explain yourself.

    • Running Scared 3 years ago

      could be worse.Could be Soriano…puke in mouth

  18. dickylarue 3 years ago

    Stunned the Yankees are willing to bet that their top pitching prospects are all sure things. The chances that all of them turn into something equal to Garza is silm. I wouldn’t deal Montero for him as he’s part of the lineup as designed and they need RH power. That said, acting like their top pitching prospects are all as good as middle rotation starters or better is just ludicrous. No team has that kind of luck.

  19. Kevin 3 years ago


    This would be a great rotation for us

    • tigers22 3 years ago


      Fixed it for ya.

    • tigers22 3 years ago


      Fixed it for ya.

    • Philip Marlowe 3 years ago

      Garza’s definitely your #2. then Scherzer, Fister, Porcello.

      • Your just a Cub fan lol, you  dont know what Fister did with the Tigers. 

      • gladdyontherise 3 years ago

        No he’s really not. Fister proved in a Tigers uniform he’ll be the #2 starter. Have you watched Fister at all?

        That’s what I thought.

        • tigers22 3 years ago

          I’m a Tigers fan and have seen Fister throw quite a bit.  That said, we are sure to see some regression from what we got out of him down the stretch last year. 

          As EightMileCats said I think its a 2a and 2b situation, but I’d slot Garza into the #2 spot.  The really amazing thing would be having Max as the #4 on the staff.  That’s pretty solid. 

    • EightMileCats 3 years ago

      I think it’s more like:
      1 Verlander
      2a Garza
      2b Fister
      5 Porcello

  20. Is there a special reason as to why Dave Dombrowski wants to help out Theo Epstein here? The Tigers won the division by 15 games! They won 95 games and that was with Brad Penny in the rotation for most of the year. Why in the world is Dombrowski sweating bullets here? The rest of the division is either retooling or still building up to being a contender. The Tigers have a good team, they have a good rotation. It would be shear folly to give up Jacob Turner for Garza. The real reason the Tigers lost the series to the Rangers wasn’t pitching. It was because of

    A.) goofy weather
    B.) Delmon Young’s oblique strain. He was smoking the ball all playoffs and probable would have been the Cody Ross of 2011 except for that pesky injury.

    PS I guess Old Man Selig is going to bury his nose in busy work and not question the Rizzo trade? Way to go Selig! Stand Up Guy! Woooooo! When will you get a “Bust” in the Hall of Fame? The caption underneath could read “Strength and Honor”.

    • did theo sleep with your girlfriend or something?

    • JacksTigers 3 years ago

      What was wrong with the Rizzo trade?

    • xcal1br 3 years ago

      Because winning your division only gets you into the playoffs, not in the same league as the big three from the AL East or even the Angels.  The Tigers need another strong SP.  Garza could be the man to take them into the upper echelon of the AL.

      • Paul Shailor 3 years ago

        ROFL not in the same league as the 3 from the AL East? I am sorry didnt we beat the yankees in the playoffs? No AL east team made the alcs last year. Get over your division.

        • xcal1br 3 years ago

          Haha, my division is the NL Central (I know, nothing to write home about).  All I meant was that winning your own division only does one thing:  It guarantees you will make the playoffs.  After that, you have to match up against teams that are, by definition, much better than the teams you beat in order to win your division in the first place.

          Over the course of a seven game series, even Roy Halladay can be beaten twice.  That’s why we play the games instead of just handing the trophy to the team with the best roster.

          • GaryLeeT 3 years ago

             Ahhhh the NL Central produced the NL W.C. team, and the W.S. champion.

          • xcal1br 3 years ago

            Yes, but after the Cards and Brewers, it was a p1ss-poor division.  After the losses of personnel this off-season, it is an even weaker division.  The Brewers will be lucky to hit the .500 mark, the Cards are a rudderless, albeit somewhat talented team and the Reds look to run away with the division.  He77, the Pirates could easily surprise us all and fight for the wild card or division.  They are much improved over last year.

        • jedicouncil 3 years ago

          hes right, the tigers play the majority of their games in a division with all sub .500 teams, the A.L. East only had 1 weak team

    • Jntg4 3 years ago

      Get back on CCS

    • InLeylandWeTrust 3 years ago

      Texas was the better team. A rotation of Verlander, Garza, Fister, Scherzer, and Porcello would be damn good, and help take the team to the next level.

  21. Paul Shailor 3 years ago

    Please dont do this DD…

  22. dshires4 3 years ago

    If it’s anything less than Turner and Castellanos, I really don’t see the Cubs pulling that trigger. There’s gotta be a better package out there on the market, and they’d be foolish to succumb to simply one elite prospect when they’re the ones with all the leverage in the world.

    • tigers22 3 years ago

      and if it is that, I don’t want to see the Tigers do it.  

    • jhfdssdaf 3 years ago

      Right now, I don’t think there’s anything better out there.  Come trade deadline, that changes.  Someone will get desperate then.  For now, teams just don’t value Garza that highly.

      That being said, if you wait to the trade deadline, you can run the risk of Garza underperforming or getting injured (no history or hint that he will, but it is a risk).  If either happens, you get even less.

      • Exactly, with waiting to mid season the Cubs run the risk of getting nothing in return for a hurt Garza. That would be a HUGE setback for the rebuilding process. If your able to get an A- prospect in Turner plus a B and a C+ with potential the Cubs should take it. A package of of Turner, Smyly and Fields should do it.   

      • dshires4 3 years ago

        There’s the flip side, where Garza dominates, and ups his trade value, like the midseason always does.

        If the best offer the Tigers can do is Turner, without adding Castellanos, I wouldn’t blame the Cubs for passing. A better offer WILL come, especially if teams learn the Tigers aren’t in on it anymore.

        I say this as a fan of neither team. I wouldn’t pull the trigger if I were the Tigers, but I can definitely see the Cubs trying to bleed out every drop they can muster.

  23. Jeff Westcott 3 years ago

    To everyone out there saying that “The Cubs have all the leverage;” your statement assumes a fact that is not in evidence. The Cubs only have leverage if other teams value Garza as highly or more highly than the Cubs do. It’s a fair bet that the the aforementioned state obtains in relation to some teams, but why is everyone so sure that the Tigers are one of those teams?

    • BDLugz 3 years ago

      No… they have all the leverage because they don’t HAVE to trade Garza.  If a team doesn’t make an offer they want, they simply walk away.  The other teams have nothing to hold over the heads of Theo/Jed.

      • FunkyTime 3 years ago

        The Tigers don’t have to trade for Garza either.  They have a good rotation and are huge favorites in their division even without him.

        So it only makes sense to do it if the price is right.

  24. stewie75 3 years ago

    clear it all out baby. next up, sign woody & cespedes.

    • BDLugz 3 years ago

      Would rather have Soler…

      • stewie75 3 years ago

        to be honest, i don’t know why they don’t just sign both. what else are they spending on??

  25. xcal1br 3 years ago

    Because winning your division only gets you into the playoffs, not in the same league as the big three from the AL East or even the Angels.  The Tigers need another strong SP.  Garza could be the man to take them into the upper echelon of the AL.

    • Yea, idk why you mention the Angels and not the Rangers. Either way, the Tigers already are a top 5 AL team.

  26. gladdyontherise 3 years ago

    I’ve yet to see any Tigers beat writer link the Tigers/Cubs together in a possible deal. I’m not buying it either. Dombrowski JUST stated Turner isn’t getting traded (he of course could be a liar on that point) However, Garza isn’t close to being good enough to deserve 2 premium prospects. I wouldn’t even trade Turner straight up for him.

    Keep Turner and go sign Cepedes.

    • Tigerfan93 3 years ago

      DD didn’t say that he wouldn’t trade Jacob Turner, he said that they aren’t shopping him. That doesn’t mean they won’t trade him, it means they would trade him if the right deal came along. 

    • Tigerfan93 3 years ago

      DD didn’t say that he wouldn’t trade Jacob Turner, he said that they aren’t shopping him. That doesn’t mean they won’t trade him, it means they would trade him if the right deal came along. 

    • ubercubsfan 3 years ago

      Somehow, I vaguely remember something about not trading Granderson…

      • Tigerfan93 3 years ago

        Or just totally ignore my explanation. 

      • gladdyontherise 3 years ago

        I’m glad they traded Granderson and was happy back in 09. Garza is overrated. Cubs traded to much for him and now some Cubs writer is somehow the ONLY person with this ‘inside source. Sorry, not buying it

    • Vote4DougWilson 3 years ago

      DD never said Turner wasn’t being traded, he said he wasn’t being shopped and they weren’t actively trying to move him. He said in the same interview that he was willing to listen to trades involving him, just that there was no need for them to trade him unless they got a great deal.

  27. Tommy Meyers 3 years ago

    Give me Turner and Castellanos

    • EightMileCats 3 years ago

      I wouldn’t do it…
      Turner and some other non Castellanos I’d do

      • Tommy Meyers 3 years ago

        Ya I like Oliver and Crosby too, but a Cubs fan can dream, can’t he?? haha

  28. FunkyTime 3 years ago

    Notice how every single Cubs fan on here seems to be for a Turner + Castellanos for Garza trade, and no Tigers fans are?

    Gives you an idea for how balanced that trade idea is.

    • Running Scared 3 years ago

      See thats the thing. We have all kinds of pitching. but you start talking about giving up what seems to be the future at third and opinions vary…Im ok with Turner I guess..but we dont get position prospects often. Keep em if u can, unless we can trade him for Wright or Longoria.

    • Vivid_Reality 3 years ago

      You can keep Castellanos if we can have Turner, Smyly, Crosby and Danry Vasquez but that is almost certainly too much.

      • Running Scared 3 years ago

        K u can have that if we can take castro and barney with garza. Thats how I see this being even.

        • Vivid_Reality 3 years ago

          Ignorance is bliss I suppose. I clearly stated that would be too much. You couldn’t trade your entire top ten for Castro and Garza. You can have Barney for free.

    • Vivid_Reality 3 years ago

      You can keep Castellanos if we can have Turner, Smyly, Crosby and Danry Vasquez but that is almost certainly too much.

    • InLeylandWeTrust 3 years ago

      I’m for a Garza for Delmon Young swap as would every single other Tiger fan, and no Cub fans would be. 

      Gives you an idea for how balanced that trade idea is.

      • FunkyTime 3 years ago

        That’s exactly my point.

        • InLeylandWeTrust 3 years ago

          On a more serious note, the reason it does’t make much sense for Detroit is because Castellanos is our only hope at the moment for an impact bat from our farm system. Since our rotation isn’t exactly a huge issue, it wouldn’t make sense to include Castellanos in the deal. Verlander, Fister, Scherzer, Porcello + veteran 5th starter is good enough, Garza isn’t a big enough need to where you would part with both Turner and Castellanos.

  29. Josh Gedert 3 years ago

    What did people think “down the road” meant?

    • JacksTigers 3 years ago

      I couldn’t tell if it meant far away or if it meant they have progressed on their travels.

      • Josh Gedert 3 years ago

        Oh, I just thought since it said “would send Matt Garza to Detroit for a package of prospects” in meant they were pretty close. Gotcha.

  30. JacksTigers 3 years ago

    I’m starting to get the feeling that this could get done before the night is through.

  31. NYPOTENCE 3 years ago

    Verlander, Fister, Garza , Scherzer, and Porcello sure looks like a strong rotation.

  32. Adam Duncan 3 years ago

    Turner is the PERFECT centerpiece Theo should be looking for!

  33. Red_Line_9 3 years ago

    What if the Tigers hold those prospects and try to deal for Felix Hernandez at the deadline?

    • InLeylandWeTrust 3 years ago

      We don’t have the prospects to deal for Felix. If he were actually available, our package would get topped in a heartbeat.

      • Red_Line_9 3 years ago

        That’s true.  I’m actually surprised that Toronto hasn’t made a major deal for pitching by this point.  There always seems to be one team that misses out on the musical chairs every off season.  Last year it seemed to be the Angels.

        • Jon Melton 3 years ago

          King Felix becomes available you would see offers off the chart.  Thats when the big boys join in.  Even in their less than competitive state,  no way I trade him unless you think he wants out but still  you cant top his talent.

    • He would have to be available. At this point I think most GMs have a strong feeling that Felix either will or will not be had anytime soon. If a team feels like the M’s will not budge then why hold on to those prospects in the desperate hope that he is made available?

      • Red_Line_9 3 years ago

        True. I just think getting in a bidding war with other clubs for Matt Garza at this point is questionable. 

      • Red_Line_9 3 years ago

        There’s also the chance that Jacob Turner busts out and becomes that missing piece himself.

    • Disgustedfan 3 years ago

      The mariners should trade Felix. They arent going anywhere and when he is a free agent he is going to leave.  They could probably get a haul similar to the dan haren trade a few years back

  34. faceforest 3 years ago

    I find it a bit funny no one is mentioning that they are trading for a pitcher that threw a no hitter against them. (Or they have and I’m not reading all 190 comments). I don’t think that him moving to the AL Central is such a good idea though. He has really bad numbers against those teams. Including the Tigers, he has given up 88 runs over 178.2 innings, giving him a career 4.45 ERA , going 5 for 18 against them.

    • InLeylandWeTrust 3 years ago

      If you are worried about bringing him in to face today’s Twins, Indians, White Sox, and Royals, then Garza shouldn’t even be in the majors…

    • commenter3346 3 years ago

      If he’s traded to the Tigers he’s not going to have to face them in the first place anyway. 

  35. Of the highly-touted prospects Dombrowski has traded away over the years, how many have been above average players in the bigs?

    • verlander 3 years ago

      Jair Jurrjens? But was he highly touted? I believe Miller was regarded higher when the Renteria trade happened.

      Cody Ross turned into a nice player, but I don’t think he was highly touted.

      Can’t really think of anyone else off the top of my head.

    • xcal1br 3 years ago

      For that matter, how many highly-touted prospects for any organization have panned out?  It’s under 20% I’m sure.  Then there are guys who seem mediocre in the minors and get called up and just figure it out.  It’s part of the fun of baseball.

    • chrisn313 3 years ago

      Sizemore was pretty hyped, and he was a 1.9 WAR last year. By no means a star, but by definition above average. Still, his -.2 WAR with Detroit had us about fed up.
      JJ was the one that really hurt though.

      • Jeff Westcott 3 years ago

        Actually, a 1.9 WAR isn’t above “average” by definition, it’s above a hypothetical “replacement level” (which ain’t the same thing) by definition. A WAR of 1.9 is just about the average of a full-time position player.

  36. Vote4DougWilson 3 years ago

    Depending on the package, I like the looks of this. The Tigers are VERY close, and I’m not talking about winning the central, I’m talking about how they stack up to the elite-playoff bound teams. Garza is the kind of rotation-solidifying vet that could take the team to another level right now… Turner has tons of promise but by the time he’s ready to fulfill that promise the core (JV, Cabby, Victor, etc) could be gone in FA. With the other 4 guys they have locked down long term, there’s no sense drawing a line in the sand on Turner.

    Also cracks me up to see so many Tigers fans acting like Garza is a lightweight and Fister is a sure #2. Anyone remember Max in 2010 down the stretch and how everyone swore he was the future ace? Was he able to duplicate that dominance? No. Yet here we all sit, expecting Fister to be Felix all next season.

    Just like I said all last off season when everyone was raving about how solid a Jv-Max-Porcello top of the rotation would be: banking on young guys to maintain career numbers from a hot stretch as the backbone of your rotation is not enough for contenders. The Tigers need another high end pitcher, not some scrub to fill the bottom slot while they cross their fingers and hope Max and Porcello finally turn the corner we’ve all been waiting for.

  37. Tigers94 3 years ago

    Garza had a 3.32 ERA last year and has more losses than wins career. How is he supposed to help? Hes an average pitcher at best

    • Judging a pitcher on wins and losses is the smart way to go. Keep up the brilliant posts.

      • Tigers94 3 years ago

        Im not judging him off his wins smartass. But he has not improved at all for the past 5 years, he would be a 3.8 ERA guy, which isn’t that great. He played on good Rays teams who had good offenses and couldnt win, it wouldnt change at all, like his past 5 years. The Tigers would be getting an average pitcher for one of the best prospects in baseball plus other guys

  38. wfn2 3 years ago

    Its a win-win for both teams, once they get the package right.  Detroit simply can’t hang with the Angels/Rangers with just Verlander.  Garza not only gives them a high quality second starter, it takes a lot of pressure off Verlander which, as scary as it might seem, will make him even better.  The Cubs win by getting Turner, Smyly, and another prospect or two, they’ll be set for years to come once those guys are major league ready. 

  39. nycub 3 years ago

    haha it’s true

  40. notsureifsrs 3 years ago

    that would be better for their long-term future than winning 80

  41. wrestlingcritic 3 years ago

    I can guarantee they wont be worse than the 03 Tigers

  42. Phillies_Aces35 3 years ago

    I’d take 120 losses all day if I was where they are now. I’d want the #1 overall pick.

  43. GaryLeeT 3 years ago

    Each win next season will be so infrequent, that every one of them will be “precious”, just like Theo promised.

  44. gocubs418 3 years ago

    SORRY.  I forgot we live in an imaginary world.

  45. FunkyTime 3 years ago

    The odds of him flopping are “much bigger” than him having an impact in the bigs?  That sounds like crazy talk to me.

    It’s not like you’re talking about a high school kid that’s 4 years away from the bigs.  He’s one of the top prospects in the game and is nearly major league ready.

    Both outcomes are possible of course, but the chances of him at the very least being a long term #3 or #4 pitcher are very high.  And that’d still be making an impact.

  46. Jeff Westcott 3 years ago

    You meant to say:

    Jed Hoyer is the GM of the Cubs.

    Theo Epstein is the final authority when it comes to trading the teams’ number one asset.

  47. notsureifsrs 3 years ago

    when it comes to any cubs baseball decision*

  48. notsureifsrs 3 years ago

    when it comes to any cubs baseball decision*

  49. does anyone else get annoyed by the word “youngsters”?

  50. does anyone else get annoyed by the word “youngsters”?

  51. $19253129 3 years ago

    Dempster has 5 & 10 rights if I am not mistaken.

  52. jhfdssdaf 3 years ago

    Dempster has little or no value.  Unless they eat most of his contract, no one is going to give them a decent prospect in return.

    I agree with trading him, but if you pay 12 of his 14 million, and only get a low-level prospect in return, have you helped your team at all?

    Wait and see how he pitches.  If he has a good spring or a hot start, he has value.  Trade him then.  Right now, you’re selling low.

  53. the word just bothers me, i don’t know why

  54. Encarnacion's Parrot 3 years ago

    *and parties in the clubhouse.

  55. TophersReds 3 years ago

    I’m aware. But who doesn’t like some good competition? The 2010 year was enjoyable to watch for Reds fans not just because they won the division, but because of all the back and fourth with the Cardinals. I recall that the Reds and Cardinals went somelike like 100 games straight without 1 team leading the other by more than 3 games. It kept the season exciting and new, especially with the brawl and all that stuff (which I was at the game and was as fun as a brawl can be to watch). At the end of the day, it’s a game, and we all just want some good entertainment.

  56. TophersReds 3 years ago

    I’m aware. But who doesn’t like some good competition? The 2010 year was enjoyable to watch for Reds fans not just because they won the division, but because of all the back and fourth with the Cardinals. I recall that the Reds and Cardinals went somelike like 100 games straight without 1 team leading the other by more than 3 games. It kept the season exciting and new, especially with the brawl and all that stuff (which I was at the game and was as fun as a brawl can be to watch). At the end of the day, it’s a game, and we all just want some good entertainment.

  57. Running Scared 3 years ago

    yeah i was thinkin the same as well

  58. gladdyontherise 3 years ago

    No he wouldn’t. Fister is the clear #2

  59. Jeff Westcott 3 years ago

    Give who Wells or Dempster?

  60. baseball52 3 years ago

    I wouldn’t GIVE anyone Dempster.

  61. tigers22 3 years ago

    Yeah?  And he’s also not worth selling the farm for.  

    The Tigers can put together a nice package of good players, not “scrubs”… but still not part with both Turner and Castellanos. 

  62. baseball52 3 years ago

    I’ll never forget that magical season where he was actually good.

  63. wells was rushed from the DL, and was solid from august to the end of the season

  64. baseball52 3 years ago

    Almost always? I disagree. I think it leans more toward a close win-win situation.

  65. Pawsdeep 3 years ago

    I’m not usually one to overvalue prospects, but I’m not too sure you can overvalue turner. I’m all for the TINSTAAPP line, but turner will be a legit 2 and very well could be an ace. Either way, ‘front line potential’ isn’t giving the kid enough credit, and seeing that he isn’t too far away from major league ready, he’s pretty hard to overvalue. He is the real deal.

    I think the issue is people are vastly over valuing the player, which doesn’t usually happen. I really think starting pitching is waaaayy overvalued this year. The latos trade was barely reasonable, but Gio commanded way more than he was worth and garza appears to be doing the same. The effect of a thin FA market.

  66. jedicouncil 3 years ago

    the the cubs should trade rizzo for p.j walters

  67. Paul Shailor 3 years ago

    The tigers are in win now mode? Thats why we have a good young rotation locked up for the next few years right? The tigers have plenty of talent to compete for years to come.

  68. verlander 3 years ago

    The Tigers aren’t in win-now mode.

  69. FunkyTime 3 years ago

    But it’s so much easier to just pick the top 2 guys off of a team’s prospect list and say they must be included!

  70. jhfdssdaf 3 years ago

    Shorter answer: Just ask the Phillies.

  71. jumpsuitjohnny 3 years ago

    Im aware, but still as good of a prospect as Turner is regarded there is a decent chance he will be just as good as him next year, let alone the 5 years of cost control that come after that. I know they are in win now mode but in their division they have a chance to set themselves up to make a playoff run, year after year, for a very long time. I’d personally prefer that direction, than goin big for the nex couple years.

  72. redsx968 3 years ago

    Yea. No contest whatsoever

  73. jhfdssdaf 3 years ago

    Even top notch pitching prospects don’t always pan out (Mark Prior), and those who do don’t always do so quickly (Chris Carpenter).

    I’ll admit that I don’t know the AL all that well, but it seems to me that the Tigers are only a couple pieces away from a WS appearance, and adding a solid starting pitcher would help quite a bit.  I’d rather have a ring than a prospect, no matter how highly touted.

  74. chrisn313 3 years ago

    Agreed, and with Turner likely to join in the next two years… I hope we lean on those young arms and don’t overreact to this years talented but flawed team.

  75. jhfdssdaf 3 years ago

    An Garza is an old man and rental player, right?  This is two years of Garza.  A dead lock of an improved rotation for two years is much better than a gamble on a prospect that may or may not pan out.

  76. Lunchbox45 3 years ago

    win now mode doesn’t mean only next season..

    it just means that they can compete for a WS next year. don’t be argumentative for the sake of it . 

  77. TophersReds 3 years ago

    I mean it is fun to beat bad teams into submission, but it is no way near as fun as rooting for your team attempting to win a close rivarly for a majority of the year. It gives you a reason to watch every single day, since every game means something. A few years ago the Reds were hard pressed to sell out any more than 5 games during an entire year, but the Cardinals vs. Reds games in Cincy sell out a majority of the time post-2010. I’m not to fond of east coast big payroll teams, but this isn’t the time to argue about how unfair certain aspects of baseball can be, so I’ll leave it at that.

  78. Get off my lawn!

  79. gocubs418 3 years ago

    I agree.  Trade will be done before night is over.  

  80. cacavolante 3 years ago

    i remember fondly when matusz, tillman, and arrieta werent too far away from major league ready and also considered the real deal…

  81. Congrats on winning the winter championships. The Sox still have their banner up from last year. Y’all can swap stories next winter about shared experiences.

  82. InLeylandWeTrust 3 years ago

    Pujols isn’t the best hitter in baseball anymore and hasn’t been for the past 2 seasons.

  83. Jay LeBlanc 3 years ago

    Wilson was (is) overrated, and expensive. They’ll pay slightly more overall to ink Darvish for a year or two longer. Darvish is absolutely the real-deal, and a few years younger than Wilson. Rangers were smart to pass on Wilson, that one’s gonna bite the Angels in the rear a couple years into the deal, and that’s when Wilson will get REALLY pricey.

  84. jumpsuitjohnny 3 years ago

    My point wasn’t to compare them as much as to say this can easily come back to haunt them, quickly. the Tigers farm system is not stocked at all so in a way this could be just as big of a gamble, because the price will be so much higher.

  85. jumpsuitjohnny 3 years ago

    I would rather have set the team up to get to the playoffs year after year than go big for a couple of years. Call me crazy for wanting to hold onto a top 10 prospect + others rather than get what will be a # 3 in our rotation for 2 seasons.

  86. Guest 3 years ago

    prior wasnt a bust, he just didnt have a long career.
    3.5 era over 650 innings at the start of his career, If you think about it, he did that over 4 years and garza would be doing it over only 2 years, so in reality prior would be better choice.

  87. Lunchbox45 3 years ago

    how does this make sense

  88. Lunchbox45 3 years ago

    not over garza

  89. InLeylandWeTrust 3 years ago

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  91. JacksTigers 3 years ago


  92. InLeylandWeTrust 3 years ago

  93. Dave Dombroski would be dead in minutes…

  94. JacksTigers 3 years ago

    I feel like I should flag this comment.

  95. verlander 3 years ago


  96. LaxMan21 3 years ago

    this is true but he’s pretty much calling most of the shots at this point and jed is there to help

  97. Yankees420 3 years ago

    Darvish should command more than Dice-K did, so you’re looking at a 6/55MM deal on the low end, which coupled with the 51 MM posting fee would be just under 30MM more overall than Wilson’s 5/77MM deal.

  98. Yankees420 3 years ago

    Who is Garza the #3 to? He’s better than Fister, Scherzer, and Porcello.

  99. Yankees420 3 years ago

     Who would Garza be the #3 to?  He’s better than Fister, Scherzer, and Porcello. 

    (sorry if this double posts)

  100. Yankees420 3 years ago

    Please pass me what you’re smoking.  

  101. xcal1br 3 years ago

    Verlander?  #4?!?  Maybe on the all-time Tigers pitching depth chart, but not in that rotation buddy.  Come on, get serious.

  102. Ferrariman 3 years ago

    did verlander bang your sister or something?

  103. Tigers94 3 years ago

    I would go Verlander, Fister, Garza, Scherzer, and Porcello. Veralander and Sherzer still need time to develop before they get thrown in the rotation

  104. BDLugz 3 years ago

    As a Cubs fan I agree.  I think Turner and Smyly gets it done.

  105. verlander 3 years ago

    They have a pretty decent window, until at least 2014/2015. I don’t consider that “win-now”.

  106. East Coast Bias 3 years ago

    I think my ex girlfriend gave me Dempster. 

    (am i doing it right? lol)

  107. Wrek305 3 years ago

    What do I need to explain for. Detroit has nothing good to offer the Cubs. Why is that hard to understand. I’d rather keep him til July and trade him to the rangers make them a better team.

  108. Pawsdeep 3 years ago

    Which is one of the many reasons why I don’t overvalue prospects. But the last time I was this excited about a minor league arm, his name was Justin Verlander.

    I guess it’s all perspective and opinion, but I wouldn’t trade turner for anyone, save Moore or some ridiculous package of players. 6 years of cost controlled contract for a possible legit ace is a gamble I would hold on to. The risk isn’t near as severe as the reward in this case, IMO. Especially when Detroit has JV, Max, porcello, and fister locked up for atleast 3 more years

  109. JacksTigers 3 years ago


  110. The Rangers want nothing to do with the Cubs ridiculous trade demands.

  111. Wrek305 3 years ago

    I am just saying if Garza has 10-13 wins with no more then 5 losses by July 31st they could very well give in. By then the Cubs demands may simmer down. I don’t see how Garza will be playing for Chicago past July 31st deadline

  112. JacksTigers 3 years ago

    Jacob Turner is better than anyone you would get from any other team.

  113. Wrek305 3 years ago

    Pitcher?or Position player? So he’s like an Anthony Rizzo type guy can’t miss prospect. If The Tiger gave in for trading Turner. If i were the Cubs I’d trade Garza, Jay Jackson, and maybe one other if he’s as good as you say he is then the Cubs need to trade more then Garza to get him.

  114. JacksTigers 3 years ago

    He is a pitcher and it’s becoming evident that you know very little about baseball and how trades works. You should probably stop talking like you do.

  115. Lunchbox45 3 years ago

    but they’re still a win now team..

    win now doesn’t insinuate 1 or 2 year window.

    yankees, red sox, phillies, texas are all win now teams

    teams that can reasonably compete for the championship.

  116. Wrek305 3 years ago

    How did you get that from what I said? I know far more then you do dude. I guess I need to use smaller words next time. When the Cubs are out of contention on May 1st again they should offer Detroit or who ever Garza and a throw in like Soto and see what they can get. How the hell are you gonna say I know nothing about baseball. I don’t want that Jacob Turner kid, he will likely be a bust anyway. Get called up way to early they will baby him and he will get hurt.

  117. JacksTigers 3 years ago

    You didn’t even know what position one the biggest prospects in baseball is. You might know about your team, but you know nothing about the depths of other teams. And why would we need Soto? I’m also curious how you know that a top 10 prospect that is 20 years old will be a bust. Please amuse me.

  118. Wrek305 3 years ago

    You can use Soto as an emergency bullpen catcher. Did that amuse you? Honestly until you mentioned Jacob Turner I never heard of him and to be honest I could give to squirts a piss about anything the Tigers have. Or any other teams. All I know is the Cubs will be a pile of cow dung for the next 3-5 yrs. Just because Turner is a can’t miss prospect doesn’t mean he will turn out to be what people expect him to be. It’s like Ubaldo Jimenez he was once a great pitcher 2-3 yrs ago, he lost a lot of velocity and the Rockies took advantage of Cleveland and got 3 of their best prospect for him.

  119. JacksTigers 3 years ago

    So like I said, you know very little about baseball. I found it very funny how you said you know more than me, when in fact, you weren’t even close.

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