Matt Garza, SP, Chicago Cubs: According to Jayson Stark of ESPN.com, “teams that have talked with the Orioles say they’re right in the thick of the Garza discussions, but they continue to make clear to the Cubs — and to the rest of civilization — that Manny Machado and Dylan Bundy aren’t going to be part of any trade conversation, with anybody.” Controllable through next season, AL East tested, and excellent. Probably worth anyone in the system not named Bundy or Machado.
Ryan Dempster, SP, Chicago Cubs: Complicated by his recent injury, but a good fit for any contender assuming he’ll be back and healthy by the 31st of July.
Jason Vargas, SP, Seattle Mariners: 4.54 ERA while pitching in an extreme pitchers park in Seattle raises the white flag of AL East competition and Camden Yards, but would be an obvious upgrade over Tommy Hunter at the back end.
Wandy Rodriguez, SP, Houston Astros: The perennially underrated lefty is being shopped by a new ownership group that’s attempting to make the team younger and more competitive in the near future. If Baltimore is willing to take his contract — roughly $20.5 mil owed through the end of next season — a lefty working on five straight years of sub-4.00 ERA pitching can be had.
Edinson Volquez, SP, San Diego Padres: As you may have guessed by now, the Padres are looking to sell. Volquez’s ERA away from spacious Petco Park (4.46) is a full run higher than at home (3.45). If Josh Byrnes would throw him into a Headley deal, Baltimore could kill two birds with one stone.
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