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It seems the Blue Jays still think they are a year away from realistically emerging as a playoff contender, and that's probably true. Thankfully, they have an avenue through which to acquire someone who will help them make that 2013 playoff push without giving up the farm.
Matt Garza remains on the block, though the Cubs insist (and I believe them) that they are not actively shopping him. He can be had for the right price, and with Boston and New York adding long-term pitching assets, the Jays are going to want to follow suit. Their best bet is Garza.
Putting together the right package for both sides should not be a problem in this case. The Cubs' competitive timeline begins in 2014, and realistically, Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and Company are willing to wait a year or two longer in order to get it right.
Still, they must field a team in the meantime, so a pitcher who can fill a void in the near future will be a linchpin to this deal. The real impact talent should be concentrated in players years away, though, so that Toronto does not feel they are losing someone critical to that eventual contending club.
Kyle Drabek is a good starting point for the deal. He would hardly be the centerpiece from the Cubs' perspective, as he has become more reclamation project than prospect. However, he should be able to throw MLB innings beginning in 2012, which makes him valuable to the Cubs as a secondary piece.
After that, the Jays can start throwing their system's weight around. They have depth and some very high ceilings up and down the system, and they could easily interest the Cubs in Noah Syndergaard, Asher Wojciechowski and/or other players far from the big leagues but with major upside.
The deal is out there; the Cubs and Jays simply need to find it.