Red Sox not willing to give top prospects for Matt Garza

Rob Bradford
July 19, 2013 - 3:40 am

With reporting the Rangers are perhaps on the verge of acquiring Cubs starter Matt Garza (with the Dodgers still believed to be in the mix), industry sources explained that the Red Sox hadn't been deep into negotiations for the pitcher due to their unwillingness to part with any top-tier prospects for the starter. One source explained that the Red Sox' hesitancy to include any top-level minor-leaguers for Garza stemmed from a lack of motivation to offer the 29-year-old a contract extension, viewing the righty strictly as a end-of-the-season rental. Garza will be eligible for free agency at the conclusion of the 2013 season. Garza carries a 1.24 ERA over his last six starts, going 6-1 with a 3.17 ERA for the season. The Red Sox continue to monitor the starting pitching market heading into the non-waiver trade deadline, with the uncertainty regarding Clay Buchholz' health potentially offering increased motivation to add another piece to their rotation.