But Gonzalez has now been traded. So has Mat Latos. And Trevor Cahill. And Jonathan Sanchez. John Danks is off the market since signing his extension.
The name currently generating all of the buzz seems to be Cubs right hander Matt Garza.
All the national guys seem to be writing about Garza. ESPN is writing about him. FOX Sports is writing about him. CBS Sports is writing about him. Teams are interested. The Cubs are willing to discuss a deal. Something might happen. That’s the narrative, and naturally, the Yankees are mentioned.
Here’s the thing: The trade market for starting pitching is pretty well established. Those Latos and Gonzalez deals were massive, and it’s clear that teams can ask for — and receive — huge prospect packages in return for pitchers like Garza. The Yankees haven’t paid that price so far. Would they for Garza?
It’s certainly an option. Ken Davidoff labeled it the “aggressive” approach to improving the Yankees rotation, but he also noted that the Yankees have become protective of their own prospects, and it would surely require parting with several of them to make such a deal.
Garza is out there, and we’re probably going to read and hear his name a lot in the next few days and weeks, but for the Yankees to make a move, something will have to change: Either the trade market will have to become more affordable, or the Yankees will have to become willing to pay a higher prospect price.