Report: Red Sox in the running for Matt Garza

Report: Red Sox in the running for Matt Garza
July 5, 2013, 2:00 pm
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By Pat O'Rourke

Despite sporting the American League’s best record at 53-34, the Red Sox roster can still afford some changes as the pennant race heats up.

One area the Sox could use help: starting pitching. With Clay Buchholz still on the disabled list and Jon Lester inconsistent for much of the season, the Boston rotation looks suspect to some. Which is why Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington is hard at work with upgrading the staff.

According Buster Olney, the Sox are one of multiple teams in the running for the services of Chicago Cubs righty Matt Garza.

Garza has made nine starts in 2013, putting up a 4-1 record to go along with a 3.45 ERA. His true calling card is his ability to pitch in the A.L. East, having played for the Tampa Bay Rays from 2008-10. Over that stretch, he made 95 appearances (94 starts), going 34-31 with a 3.86 ERA in 592 1/3 innings of work.