Source: Red Sox not big players for Garza

Source: Red Sox not big players for Garza
July 15, 2013, 8:00 pm
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NEW YORK -- While some media reports had the Red Sox as interested bidders in the Matt Garza sweepstakes, an industry source has said the Sox don't figure to be big players for the veteran righthander.
     
Garza is perhaps the premier starter on the market as the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline approaches and the Chicago Cubs have been talking with a handful of teams -- led by the Toronto Blue Jays, Texas Rangers and Cleveland Indians -- as potential landing spots.
     
Some reports have the Red Sox as perhaps a dark-horse candidate for Garza. But the source said the asking price is prohibitive, perhaps costing the Red Sox two premier pitching prospects from among a group that includes Allen Webster, Rubby de la Rosa, Matt Barnes, Brandon Workman, Henry Owens, and Anthony Ranaudo.
     
The source noted that the Sox wouldn't part from any in that group last winter and aren't about to change its long-term plans for a short-term rental.
     
Garza is eligible for free agency after this season. Even if the Red Sox were to land Garza, a change in the collective bargaining agreement two years ago prohibits teams who trade for free agents-to-be from presenting a qualifying offer which would in turn earn a compensatory draft pick.
     
Thus, the Sox would be renting Garza for two months, while giving up multiple building blocks in exchange.
     
The Red Sox' perspective could potentially change if they find that Clay Buchholz, the team's top starting pitcher, is going to be sidelined much further. Given that Buchholz is unlikely to return until days before the deadline -- at the earliest -- that may be too late for the Red Sox to get back into the chase for Garza.