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Matt Garza Would Pitch on the Moon, but Could He Pitch in Fenway?

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Matt Garza Would Pitch on the Moon, but Could He Pitch in Fenway?
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Matt Garza is having a rather rough season for the last-place Chicago Cubs. He is just 2-5 with a 4.04 ERA through his first 12 games of the season.

The only time in his career he had a higher ERA was his 2006 rookie season with the Minnesota Twins, when he posted a 3-6 record with a 5.76 ERA in 10 games.

That being said, Garza's name is still one of the sexiest being thrown around in early trade rumors. It is no secret that the Cubs could be sellers—in fact, it is expected.

Garza is garnering considerable interest from teams looking to improve their pitching situations. While there have been no rumors leaked to confirm, it would come as no surprise if the Boston Red Sox have rekindled the interest in Garza they held over the winter.

In an article by WEEI.com's Alex Speier, Matt Garza is quoted as saying:

"I just want to keep playing. It doesn’t matter where. I’ll pitch on the freaking moon," he said. "I love the city. My kids love the city. It would be a great place for them to grow up. But like I said, it’s out of my control."

This in reference to Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein likely fielding offers from clubs for the 28-year-old righty.

Garza went on to say, "The AL East doesn't scare me a bit. Everywhere I go, it's a blast."

I like that mentality. As Speier points out, Garza routinely dominated AL East heavyweights, with a 22-15 record, 3.34 ERA, 6.2 strikeouts and 3.1 walks per nine innings against the division.

The Red Sox are certainly a team in need of quality pitching like that to bolster the rotation.

Say what you will about arms returning from injury, starting pitching is what makes teams contenders. The Sox are capable of obtaining the services of Garza, who would be under team control through 2014, by offering up enticing prospects to Epstein and general Manager Jed Hoyer.

Perhaps by shipping off Kevin Youkilis as well, likely eating his salary. Something the team has done oh so well in the past.

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