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Yanks Like Garza, But Cubs Prefer Dempster or Zambrano



By Frank Russo ~ July 23rd, 2011. Filed under: Rumor Mill.

The Yankees still would prefer a top of the rotation pitching like Felix Hernandez or Francisco Liriano, but neither is available. Right now, the Yankees most realistic target could be Cubs righty Matt Garza. Although the Yankees love Garza, the Cubs are more interested in dealing Ryan Dempster or Carlos Zambrano. Right now, the Yanks have no plans at making a run at either Dempster or Zambrano.

Garza would be the perfect fit in the Yankees rotation. He has an AL East pedigree, doesn’t fear the Red Sox (7-4, 3.83 for his career), and can be controlled for two more years. The Yankees wouldn’t give up Jesus Montero, Manny Banuelos, or Dellin Betances. But arms like Hector Noesi, Ivan Nova, Adam Warren, or David Phelps could be in play. So far this year Garza’s 4-7 with a 3.80 ERA for Chicago.

The Yanks also continue to have interest in Florida LOOGY Randy Choate. Earlier this week Choate and Jack McKeon differed on his utilization during a game against the Mets. Could he be on the way out? If so the Yankees will not give anything more than a C level prospect for the lefty.

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Frank is a resident of East Brunswick, NJ and former radio announcer. He is a 4th generation Republican and Yankees Fan. He also enjoys listening to talk radio. His favorite announcer is Shawn Hannity of “Hannity” on FOX and enjoys reading about military history. In addition to rooting for the Yankees, he also has a passion for the New York Islanders. You can enjoy Frank’s work at The Dead Ball Era and his book “Bury My Heart at Cooperstown”. Check out his “Rants and Raves” on New York Baseball Digest.

1 Response to Yanks Like Garza, But Cubs Prefer Dempster or Zambrano

  1. Steve S.

    Hey Mike, check out the piece I did this morning on TYA. If Garza’s a buy-low candidate, I’m all over it. I’d even give up Montero, who I’m pretty down on.

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