Matt Garza has changed uniforms, moving from the Tampa Bay Rays to the Chicago Cubs, and Yankees general manager Brian Cashman tells the New York Daily News that they were never close to putting the right-hander into pinstripes instead.
“We never got off the dime, but strong impressions were that it would be something that would cost us more because we are in the division, kind of like Roy Halladay,” Cashman told the newspaper Saturday.
“We like Matt Garza and I had a conversation early in the winter and it was clear that what it would take would be more significant than I wanted to do. And there was also reluctance from them to trading within the division.”
Garza was 15-10 with a 3.91 ERA in 33 games (32 starts) for Tampa Bay in 2010. In that same report, Cashman also reiterated that the Yankees plan to keep their top Draft pick for 2011, removing them from the running for free agent reliever Rafael Soriano.
“I would’ve given up the draft pick for Cliff Lee,” Cashman said. “But I’m going to retain our No. 1 pick for ourselves. Once Cliff Lee came off the board, I called Damon (Oppenheimer, the Yanks’ vice president for amateur scouting) and said, ‘You’re going to have your No. 1 pick, you’re in the hunt for a first-round pick.’
“It’s a strong draft and I’m going to leave that pick to Damon and his staff for another good pick. That pick is going to be a Yankee player.”