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