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Rumor Mill: Cardinals interested in Cubs hurler Matt Garza

According to a Boston Globe column the Cardinals are one of six teams interested in Cubs starter Matt Garza.

While I can't understand why the Redbirds would get into a bidding war that would result in handing over several valued prospects to a division rival, it's even more difficult to understand why the team didn't act more aggressively when it had the chance to sign free agent starter Roy Oswalt.

Oswalt could have been had for cash -- and a short-term commitment at that. No prospects included. If the Birds did land Garza, he's still got a year left on his current contract. So it's going to ultimately cost them more money than it would have cost to sign Oswalt -- who made it clear he wanted to pitch in St. Louis.

On the bright side, Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter will today throw a second session to live hitters. If he makes it through one more side session, he is expected to be ready to go on a rehab assignment and be ready to return to the starting rotation in two or three more weeks. But there is still the matter of Jaime Garcia's health to worry about.

Garcia is in the middle of a four-week shut down period to see if he can avoid shoulder surgery.