New York Yankees Eyeing Starters Ryan Dempster, Matt Garza of Chicago Cubs
As the last-place Chicago Cubs look to trade veterans and get younger before the July 31 trade deadline, the New York Yankees could make an offer for Ryan Dempster or Matt Garza, as both starters have garnered interest from New York.
On Thursday, the Yankees, along with the Los Angeles Dodgers, were eyeing Dempster as a possible addition to their starting rotation, reported Gordon Wittenmeyer of the Chicago Sun-Times.
On Friday, Dempster allowed no runs and just four hits in seven innings against New York’s division rival, the Boston Red Sox. After that performance, which improved Dempster’s scoreless inning streak to 21 straight innings, his value to American League teams such as the Yankees has most likely increased.
However, scouts who were at the game believe the Yankees are much more interested in Garza than Dempster, tweeted David Kaplan.
Garza is 2-5 with a 4.04 ERA this season, while Dempster is 3-3 with a 2.11 ERA. Though Dempster has been more productive this season, Garza is a more intriguing trade candidate because of his age and career history.
Dempster is 35 years old and has played all 15 of his Major League seasons in the National League, while Garza is just 28 years old and has spent five of his seven seasons in the American League. Three of those seasons were spent in the AL East, where he won 34 games with an ERA under 4.00 from 2008-2010 with the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Yankees are always looking for ways to add more talent to the team, but New York’s current starting rotation is getting the job done this month. In 13 games in June, the Yankees starting rotation has combined for a 10-1 record with a 1.99 ERA. The team is 11-2 in those 13 games.
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