The Indians seek a starting pitcher and have held discussions about Matt Garza and Yovani Gallardo.

It's no surprise the Indians would like to add a starter. The twist is that they are limiting themselves to a top-of-the-rotation type.

The Indians want someone to "pair with ace [All-Star] Justin Masterson'' is the way somone familiar with their thinking put it. If they don't find that special someone, they just may pass in light of the fact their rotation depth isn't a concern at the moment.

It would certainly be interesting in the increasingly unlikely event Cliff Lee became available to see whether his old friends in Cleveland might try for him (the Indians have become bigger spenders, though $25 million a year still seems quite pricey for them). But for now, Garza and Gallardo are the Indians' main and only pitchers of interest.

To date, there's been a significant enough gap in negotiations with the Cubs on Garza and Brewers n Gallardo that nothing's close. The Cubs are seeking multiple good prospects back for Garza, not really a surprise in a sellers' market. And the Brewers, not acting anxious to trade Gallardo, not surprisingly are currently valueing him based on how he pitched in past years not his inconsistent recent performance.

Garza and the Cubs have had some discussions now about a new contract, as was reported here Monday, but most outside executives seem to believe he still has a decent chance to be traded. If so, he's the top choice at the moment. Gallardo's stock has been hurt by his rough year, though he has another season to go on his deal (plus an option year after that), meaning he isn't just a rental.