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Yankees Trade Rumors: Cubs' Matt Garza Tops New York's List

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June 24, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Matt Garza (22) throws during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE
June 24, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Matt Garza (22) throws during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE

Chicago Cubs right-hander Matt Garza tops the New York Yankees’ list of targets if they decide to pursue starting pitching this summer, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.

In speaking with Jonah Keri on the Grantland Podcast, Heyman noted that Garza holds especially high value to American League East clubs due to his track record of success in the division as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays.

Heyman added that it’s not clear that the Yankees will pursue starting pitching this summer, as they have ace C.C. Sabathia expected to return from injury a little later this month. While Heyman doesn’t get the sense that starters seem to be "number one on their order of business," he said that one can never know what to expect when dealing with the Yankees.

It’s been previously reported that of the three high-profile starters available, Garza, Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Zack Greinke and Philadelphia Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels, Garza would be most appealing to New York.

It appears the Yankees are turned off by Greinke’s past anxiety issues and the prospects of him pitching under the bright lights of NYC, and it’s unknown if they’d want to surrender the haul required to potentially rent the free agent-to-be Hamels for 15 or so games.