Matt Garza Trade Rumors: Latest Buzz On Nationals and More Interested In SP
Chicago Cubs pitcher Matt Garza has been the subject of rampant trade rumors, as the team looks to unload veteran assets to rebuild into a contender.
Yahoo!'s Jeff Passan sheds light on why the deal hit a snag:
"A deal sending Chicago Cubs starter Matt Garza to the Texas Rangers fell through Friday afternoon, though the teams remain in negotiations while the Cubs continue to seek alternative destinations for Garza, major league sources told Yahoo! Sports."
Yahoo! Sports' Jaff Passan reports that the deal has hit a snag:
Sources: Cubs-Rangers deal for Garza hits snag, no longer a certainty. While teams still negotiating, Chicago seeking alternatives to Texas.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 19, 2013
July 19: Yahoo! Sports' Tim Brown reports the deal is very close:
In Garza negotiations, Cubs and Rangers have exchanged medical reports. Final stage.— Tim Brown (@TBrownYahoo) July 19, 2013
Chicago Sun-Times reporter Gordon Wittenmyer reports the latest on Garza:
Cubs source suggests mystery NL team could intercept Texas efforts and get Garza.— Gordon Wittenmyer (@GDubCub) July 19, 2013
Joe Davidson of the Sacramento Bee has the latest on the trade rumblings surrounding Matt Garza.
Matt Garza (Fresno St) trade from Cubs to Rangers is "99 percent done." Teams going over medical records now. 6 players in the mix— Joe Davidson (@SacBee_JoeD) July 19, 2013
ESPN Chicago reported on Friday, July 19, that Garza's agent has been informed that the starting pitcher will be traded:
"They told my agent [earlier in the week] that they were going to move me," Garza said. "They said as much as they like me they need to add inventory for the future. I want to stay but that doesn't seem possible now."
The Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Dodgers,Cleveland Indians and Toronto Blue Jays have been told to make their final bids for the pitcher, sources told Levine. Fox Sports reported late Thursday that the Rangers are closing in on a deal for Garza.
On Thursday, July 18, ESPN's Buster Olney reports the latest on Garza:
Other teams say CHC are asking for last and best offers on Matt Garza, and they think he'll be traded before he throws another pitch for CHC— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 18, 2013
TEX said to be in middle of Garza talk. TEX has range of pitching prospects other than Perez, including C.J. Edwards/Luke Jackson (more)— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 18, 2013
(cont.) so if Cubs focus on pitching for Garza, Rangers will have various options for them to discuss (if they're willing.)— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 18, 2013
On Monday, July 15, CSN Chicago's David Kaplan had the latest on Matt Garza:
It appears Texas, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Toronto and the Los Angeles Dodgers are the strongest pursuers, but a a handful of other teams have at least shown cursory interest in the price it would take to acquire the best available starting pitcher at the deadline.
What I found interesting in talking with a handful of major league executives is that Garza is not considered a No. 1 or 2 in a rotation, but is considered a very strong No. 3 and the price the Cubs front office is asking for is exceptionally high. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer are looking at this as a chance to hit the jackpot and I would do the same thing if I was in their shoes. However, rival GM's don't want to part with a few elite level prospects for somebody they will only have for 14 or 15 starts in the regular season. 'Now, if they're able to get a contract extension done, that changes the entire equation,' a National League scout told me.
On July 13, ESPN's Buster Olney provides the latest on Garza's situation:
This may well be Matt Garza's last start with CHC, who are said to be making progress with at least 2 teams. Deal over break appears likely.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 14, 2013
Unless there is a dramatic change, the Orioles are out of the Garza trade talks. Too much cost in prospects and money to them.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 14, 2013
According to a July 9 report from CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, Garza is a target of the Cleveland Indians.
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 might 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 to acquire 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 with 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.
But Chicago is struggling to stay in contention, and the 29-year-old right-hander is set to become a free agent at season's end. Both Garza and the Cubs have apparently discussed the possibility of an extension, but according to team beat writer Gordon Wittenmyer it seems unlikely that Garza will remain in Chicago this season:
Garza calls possibility of extension "50-50." Team sources say not happening based on recent conversation.— Gordon Wittenmyer (@GDubCub) July 9, 2013
Having already traded starting pitcher Scott Feldman and sitting more than a dozen games back of the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central division, the overwhelming belief is that the Cubs will deal Garza before the MLB's July 31 trade deadline this summer.
One of Garza's potential landing spots could be in the nation's capital, where the Washington Nationals are trying to make up some ground and catch the Atlanta Braves in the NL East.
The Washington Post's Adam Kilgore reports the following:
The Nationals have kicked the tires on Cubs right-hander Matt Garza, one person familiar with the situation said. Talks between the teams have not progressed to the point of the Nationals offering the Cubs a formal proposal.
Kilgore adds that the Nationals expressed interest in trading for Garza before he made the jump from Tampa to Chicago back in 2011.
But Washington isn't the only team with its sights set on Garza.
According to a recent report from CSNBaltimore.com, the Orioles have contacted the Cubs regarding Garza. Chicago was asking for two of Baltimore's top prospects in return, however, which suggests that Garza won't come cheap this summer.
Garza has played the past two-and-a-half seasons with Chicago after being traded from the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Selma, Calif. native made his MLB debut with the Minnesota Twins in 2006 but came onto the scene with the Rays in 2008 when he won ALCS MVP honors, helping lead the team to the World Series.
He pitched a no-hitter against the Detroit Tigers three years ago in his final season with Tampa Bay.
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