The Miami Marlins, it seems, will not be satisfied until they add another starting pitcher to complement right-hander Josh Johnson and lefty Mark Buerhle.
Cubs righty Matt Garza, 28, certainly would fit.
The Marlins, after failing to land Athletics left-hander Gio Gonzalez, have serious interest in Garza, according to major league sources.
No deal is close, and the Cubs continue to speak to other clubs, including the Detroit Tigers, sources say.
The Tigers, in fact, might rate the upper hand for Garza if they are willing to include right-hander Jacob Turner in a deal. The Cubs are desperate for young starting pitching, according to rival executives, and the Marlins are deeper in position players.
Class A outfielder Christian Yelich, 20, likely is on the Cubs’ wish list from the Marlins; he was among the players whom the Athletics targeted in their talks with the Marlins about Gonzalez, sources say.
Third baseman Matt Dominguez, first baseman Gaby Sanchez, outfielder Chris Coghlan and reliever Jose Ceda are among the other players the Marlins are willing to include in trades, according to rival clubs.
One interesting aspect of the Garza discussions is his rising salary in arbitration. Garza could get $9 million to $10 million this season, with one more year of arbitration left before he becomes a free agent.
An interested club could sign right-hander Edwin Jackson, a Type B free agent, to a longer deal for a salary in a similar range without trading prospects or forfeiting draft picks.
Jackson, 28, is less accomplished than Garza, but over the past three seasons their records are comparable. Jackson is 35-30 with a 3.96 ERA, Garza 33-32 with a 3.73 ERA.
— Ken Rosenthal