Royals ask Cubs about Garza

Despite their woeful record, the Royals could be looking to add pieces at the Trade Deadline, hoping to turn them into big pickups for next year’s campaign.

According to Danny Knobler over at CBSSports.com, the Royals have asked the Cubs about the availability of starting pitcher Matt Garza.

Garza has made 17 starts for the Cubs this season, holding a 5-7 record and a 4.02 ERA. He’s struck out 93 batters in 100 2/3 innings pitched.

There’s no doubt that the Royals could use starting pitching, a fact that’s been true most of this season but highlighted recently by back-to-back rough outings by Jonathan Sanchez and Ryan Verdugo.

Sanchez was designated for assignment Tuesday after allowing seven runs in 1 1/3 innings Monday against the Mariners. He had won just one game on the season and had a gigantic ERA of 7.76 in 12 starts.

Verdugo was called up for an emergency spot start Tuesday but didn’t fare much better than Sanchez, surrendering six runs to Seattle in 1 2/3 innings.

Additionally, Danny Duffy and Felipe Paulino are both out for the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, and they’re not expected back until the middle of next season.

– Vinnie Duber

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