7/16 Matt Garza rumors

While most of baseball focuses on the All-Star Game Tuesday night, that hasn’t stopped trade rumors swirling regarding Cubs pitcher Matt Garza. The Rangers are interested but MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan reports they will not give up left-handed pitcher Martin Perez, 22, who is 3-2 with a 3.00 ERA in six starts this season. Right-hander Luke Jackson, 21, has drawn some interest as a possible match in the deal. A first-round pick — 45th overall — in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, Jackson is 8-4 with a 2.51 ERA in 16 starts at Class A Myrtle Beach. He has struck out 86 over 82 1/3 innings.

Another player the Cubs may be looking at is Mike Olt, a 24-year-old right-handed hitter who was Texas’ first-round pick in 2010 (49th overall). He was batting .211 in 61 games at Triple-A Round Rock with nine home runs and 14 doubles.

Besides the Rangers, the Cardinals, Pirates, Indians, Blue Jays and Dodgers are the strongest pursuers, according to CSNChicago.com’s David Kaplan. CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman reports the Diamondbacks are also in the mix, looking for starting pitching.

Several of the teams interested in Garza consider him to fill the role of No. 3 starter, yet the Cubs have set a very high price for the right-hander. Garza has been impressive, posting a 5-0 record and 1.24 ERA in his last six starts.

– Carrie Muskat

13 Comments

Always loved Mike Olt. The numbers are little scary. .211 in AAA. Cubs; go for the 2 pitchers. Maybe a high round pick in next couple of drafts also. If not the Rangers (the favorites ?), the Cardinal (f$&@”) & pirate systems are great. Steal a couple of those 2 teams prospects and that’s better than getting 3 or 4 from the Rangers, Blue Jays etc. Quality over Quantity

Carrie….are you hearing those same reports of Garza, Baez, Schierholtz going to Texas for Perez,Olt , Profar and others?

I think it would take those three just to get the Rangers to give up Profar right now. I really doubt there is any truth to that trade

Diamondbacks want Samardzija…no if’s, and’s or buts about it……..Cubs & Theo need top return for Samardzija…….it will help this rebuilding process move faster if we can obtain more pitching. Lets face it, Cubs are still three seasons away of playoff contention….and that is the earliest….Samardzija will want more $$$ than Garza is asking when his contract is up…….and to me, Garza pitches better than the Shark.

Just an opinion of course, but I am all for trading Samardizja, especially seeing as how he didnt want to sign a contract.

Just jumping on board with you Jasper, I too would not lose any sleep over trading Samardizja. We might as well be “all in” when it comes to trading for younger players that will produce playoff results in a few years. Plus, agreeing with Cubs Talk Samardzija has shown he can become a so-so pitcher at anytime during any game showing how much better Garza is.

Shark’s earliest free agency is 2016… he doesn’t need to sign anything to be a cub….unless u get blown away with a deal you keep shark plain and simple …. dbacks won’t give up there top two arms ….. just not happening guys

I agree with you petrey, but I am also sure Hoyer is listening. My only opinion on this is, it would make me no difference. Get value, trade him, you dont get value, dont trade him.

Jasper, under control for two more years, could be very attractive to a team. Plus he seems to be leaning toward a big free agent payoff anyway so we may not have him beyond 2016. I’m with ya’ Jasper, I hope Hoyer is listening as any good GM should. Imagine IF both Garza and The Shark are traded by this studious new regime….could be quite a bounty to be had for the 206/17 season???

I see what your saying joey, I see what petrey is saying also. Depends on the return, if we get very good value, great. If not, no reason.

Exactly, no reason not to listen. I’m sure there are some teams willing to give up quite a bit of talent for Samardzija right now

Keep Matt Garza sign him to a long extension even thou they couldn’t get that done the other night. Build your pitching staff around him. If not go after Jake Peavy who is a free agent after this yr. the Cubs should of gone after him before he signed with the White Sox. Veterans are very important to are young pitching staff. But we do have a great pitcher in Travis Wood

How many injuries has Peavy had the last few years? How much will he demand a year? I would pass on him. To much money for non performance.

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