A couple of interesting tidbits from Bruce Levine on the trade market for Matt Garza…
- Levine says the Yankees “will come after” Garza “with their good, young minor league prospects.”
- Levine confirms that the Cubs have an offer on the table for Garza that consists of “young prospects.”
- He adds that the Rays are looking for pitching prospects and are “insistent on getting back a shortstop of the future.”
Levine goes on to point out that the Rangers have two top shortstop prospects, Jurickson Profar and Luis Sardinas. The Cubs also have a couple of middle infield prospects, Hak-Ju Lee and Ryan Flaherty, that could be part of a deal.
We also heard yesterday that the Rays had targeted Ian Desmond from the Nationals in a potential Garza deal, but that the Nationals were unwilling to part with the shortstop.
The Rays typically don’t target specific positions when acquiring prospects, preferring to take the best talent available. So this is telling of what the Rays think about the shortstop depth in the farm system. It also says something about Tim Beckham, the top pick of the 2008 draft, who has struggled offensively and defensively.
Of course, we had already heard the Rays scale back their level of expectations for Beckham by saying they think he can become an everyday big leaguer. Maybe they are no longer even sure about that.
Also, the Rays won’t be afraid to trade with the Yankees. They will always accept the best package regardless of who offers it. Besides, the Rays could look at this as an opportunity to weaken the Yankees farm system.
Profar was in his first year of pro ball this season, hitting .250/.323/.373 in 63 games at low-A. Sardinas is a 17-year old switch-hitter, that has only played in the Arizona Fall League. However, there is concern that he might miss the 2011 season with a shoulder injury.
Lee hit .282/.354/.351 in 122 games at single-A. Flaherty is a shortstop-turned-second baseman drafted in the first-round of the 2008 draft. He split the 2010 season between high-A and double-A, hitting .286/.348/.445 at high-A before the promotion.