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TRADED TO THE TEXAS RANGERS
Contract Status: Free agent after 2013
Why He's a Good Target: Matt Garza has almost been an afterthought with the Chicago Cubs. However, he's a big target this season, with multiple teams interested in acquiring his services. Garza has kept his ERA below 4.00 in all but one of his eight seasons, and he could slot into a team's No. 2 spot for the stretch run.
Potential Suitors: Texas Rangers
The Rangers and Cubs finally got a deal done, according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal.
In exchange for Garza, the Cubs received Triple-A infielder Mike Olt, Single-A right-hander C.J. Edwards, right-hander Justin Grimm and at least one player to be named.
According to a tweet by the Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo, the Red Sox interest in Garza is deepening.
According to a tweet by ESPN's Jim Bowden, the trade between the Rangers and Cubs broke down because of the medical records of one player involved.
The deal is no longer imminent, but the Rangers are still pursuing Garza.
ESPN's Buster Olney tweeted the Cubs are asking teams to send their last and best offers for Garza.
According to Yahoo! Sports Jeff Passan, if Garza doesn't go to the Rangers, rival executives are saying the likeliest teams he'll go to are the Cardinals, Red Sox, Diamondbacks or Dodgers.
According to David Kaplan on CSN Chicago, Texas, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Toronto and the Dodgers seem to be the strongest pursuers for Garza.
CSN Chicago's David Kaplan tweeted Garza is going to be traded by the end of the week, although they won't move him until they get what they want.
According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the Cubs have told Garza he's likely going to be traded.
Garza is drawing interest from the Rangers, Indians, Red Sox and Cardinals, among others.
Texas and Cleveland seem to be clear players while Boston's interest might depend somewhat on when star Clay Buchholz returns from injury, which is unclear. Others believe St. Louis is a stealth player in the derby for the red-hot right-hander.
Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago reports the Rangers and Blue Jays are the front-runners for Garza.
The Cubs will be looking for pitching and run-producer prospects in return for Garza. The Rangers' Mike Olt would most likely be a part of any deal if Chicago and Texas agree on a trade.
Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports the Cubs and Garza have had detailed talks on an extension, but it was more likely the team would trade him before the deadline.
ESPN's Buster Olney tweeted the Orioles are out of the running for Garza because of the high cost in prospects and money.
ESPN's Jerry Crasnick tweeted the Indians are seeking starting help, but would prefer a player they could control for multiple years.
Fox Sports' Jon Paul Morosi reports the market for Garza is strong, especially after his start on Monday against the White Sox.
The Rangers and Indians are known to have strong interest. The Boston Red Sox, Washington Nationals, and big-spending Los Angeles Dodgers can’t be ruled out. The Dodgers are still involved, a source told FOXSports.com, even after their recent acquisition of Ricky Nolasco.
USA Today's Bob Nightengale tweeted out that the Dodgers and Indians are heavily scouting Garza, believing he will be dealt.
He also tweeted the Giants were on hand for Garza's start.
According to Adam Kilgore of The Washington Post, the Nationals have kicked the tires on Garza:
Garza is one of the most sought-after starting pitchers on the trade market, and so their initial interest will not necessarily lead to a deal. But it does show a willingness, if not a desire, to augment their rotation for the stretch run as they chase the Atlanta Braves in the NL East.
According to ESPN's Jim Bowden on Twitter, the Dodgers thought the Cubs were asking for too much in return for Garza, which is why they opted to trade for the Miami Marlins' Ricky Nolasco instead (h/t USA Today).
ESPN's Buster Olney said in his podcast that he'd be surprised to see Garza still on the Cubs at the All-Star break, but the Cubs may wait as long as possible for a team to meet their price.
He said he counted eight teams that could be involved, including multiple NL West teams, as well as a few AL teams such as the Rangers, Indians, Blue Jays and Red Sox.