Xander Bogaerts is a stud in the making. Photo courtesy of tedsarmy.com.
July 20th Update:
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe says that Boston's front office is split on whether Garza is actually an upgrade over the pitching that they currently have, and that their hesitation has pushed them behind a few unnamed teams in the race to acquire the Cubs' right-hander.
You can bet that Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer aren't losing any sleep over Boston's indecision. Moving Garza isn't going to prove to be a difficult task.
July 19th Update:
While there haven't been any reports of possible names being discussed between the two teams, ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that the Red Sox have turned their attention from both Ryan Dempster and Matt Garza to Garza only:
Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino spoke on WEEI's Dennis & Callahan radio show today and told the duo that GM Ben Cherington is not only open to the possibility of making a big move, but that he's actively looking to do so:
It will be interesting to see whether or not such a bold move includes giving up some of their best prospects to acquire Garza.
Michael Silverman from the Boston Herald reports that while the Red Sox have touched base with the Cubs on both Ryan Dempster and Matt Garza, they have not engaged in meaningful negotiations up to this point.
There isn't a farm system in baseball that the Cubs' brain trust knows better than Boston's, with Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer both having played integral parts in acquiring the vast majority of their top prospects.
While Boston lacks the quality young pitching that the Cubs are said to desire, they do have a number of position players that would be of interest, none more than 19-year-old shortstop Xander Bogaerts, who will probably outgrow the position and slide over to third base.
I wouldn't say that the odds are good that the two sides could work out a deal for Garza, mainly because I think the Cubs should hold out for quality pitching prospects in exchange for Garza. With that being said, if acquiring Bogaerts is an option, they should pull the trigger before Boston changes their mind; he has superstar written all over him.