7/18 Matt Garza rumors
Will Matt Garza start Monday for the Cubs against the Diamondbacks? According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi, trade talks have intensified regarding Garza, considered the top starting pitcher available on the market. Rosenthal and Morosi report the Rangers are the “most motivated” of any team in discussions with the Cubs regarding Garza. Texas currently has five starting pitchers on the disabled list (Matt Harrison, Yu Darvish, Alexi Ogando, Nick Tepesch and Colby Lewis). According to Rosenthal/Morosi, the Rangers tried to acquire Garza in 2011 from Tampa Bay but the Cubs put together the better package at that time.
The Indians, Cardinals, Pirates, Dodgers, Red Sox and Diamondbacks also have expressed interest in Garza, who will be a free agent at the end of the season.
According to MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan, the Rangers will open the second half with Derek Holland, Ross Wolf and Martin Perez as their starters. Darvish is expected to come off the DL on Monday, and Ogando could do the same Tuesday. Tepesch has started playing catch but isn’t close to being activated. Lewis is unlikely to be an option before the Trade Deadline.
Rangers GM Jon Daniels said the team is looking for starting pitching and a right-handed bat.
“We could go both ways,” Daniels told Sullivan. “We’re having active conversations on both fronts. We’d like to improve the club.”