It is not news that the Rays are willing to trade one of their starting pitchers. With Jeremy Hellickson deemed ready for the big leagues, he Rays have an opportunity to move one of their veterans and not lose a step.
But for the first time we are hearing that the Rays not only prefer to trade Matt Garza, but that they may be aggressive in doing so…
The Rays are motivated to deal right-hander Matt Garza, a source told FanHouse Tuesday…The Texas Rangers are one team that is interested in Garza, particularly if free-agent left-hander Cliff Lee opts to sign with the Yankees or elsewhere and if Royals ace Zack Greinke is beyond their means in a trade…The Brewers have also shown interest in Garza, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Tom Haudricourt adds that the Brewers have also talked to the Rays about Garza.
While Garza has a higher upside than James Shields, Garza will likely make about $1 million more in 2011 and Shields us under team control longer.
Of course, in typical Rays fashion, talks are one thing, making a deal is another. There is nothing forcing the Rays to make a deal. And they won’t make one unless somebody offers what the Rays want.
Remember, negotiating in the eyes of the Rays is more about finding the right pieces to meet their price. What is important is that the price doesn’t change. That is not part of the negotiation. If the other team doesn’t like the price, the Rays are more than content to keep their players.