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.”

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If you think the Garza Trade Talk has been dragged out for a long time, this time next year, you will go Nuts of hearing day after day of Jeff Samardzija Trade Talk.

Braves after Russell & Valbuena. Okay all you minor league scouts, who can we get in return from the Braves? Now Valbuena is at a level of a Mark DeRosa type of player. And Russell value should be consider similar to Sean Marshall or even better due the Braves can control Russell for several seasons. A trade return from these two players could advance the Cubs even sooner to a winning team.

Admire your excitment, but Russell and Marshal’s value equal? Even with team control for a few years, I consider the fact Russell has problems with RH hitters. Valbuena has been very good for the Cubs, can play several positions and gets some key knocks. He will still be a back up INF on most teams.
From my point of view, I ask, what is a LH relief specialist and a back up INF really worth?

A bench player and a LHP Reliever’s worth is only measured of how desperate a GM is willing to pay. Don’t sell off Russell & Valbuena cheap. Brave’s need these two due to the DL of their main backup infielder and desperate need for a LHP reliever. If we can get three players (hopefully pitchers) back ranked between #10-#25 in the Braves farm system, it is a win-win for Theo.

I am sure Hoyer will get the best value possible, looking forward to the results. If its not all rumor of course.

As baseball fans, we know that 1teams #1 prospect is another’s #10. As Cubs fans we know this first hand; Felix pie, Corey Patterson ring a bell? Texas’s system is scary, or scary good. Olt; starting to get that Corey P feeling. But some of their 3-4-5-6’s look good. For Garza, Cubs win either way. Trade him, (hello Arizona, St. Louis,(puke here) for true top talent in there 1-5 slots. Keep him and win more games giving a season ticket holder like me who loves Theos job, but needs a bone, plus great clubhouse guy. And give him offer at end of season. Get a slot pick and chance to club friendly contract. Long story short- trade him (pirates:Cole?)

Reports from Texas this Garza deal is falling apart…..adding Perez is the hangup on this trade……Red Sox is coming in now that their starting pitcher will be out…….look for a test of the “Wills” to happen of which GM gives in to Theo. WE have until Monday to find out.

Dude just stop … anybody can Google an article here and there… u don’t have any insider knowledge just like us and we don’t think Ur some genius by doing this… let this play out

As a Rangers fan I would be opposed to including top prospects in any deal for a rental such as Garza, and a mediocore rental at that,
The cub simply need a better bussiness model than construction a minor league roster with 5 or 6 legit pieces, then trying to hold up well run organizations for their top prospects, so they can in turn recycle those prospects in 3 or 4 years because the team still sucks wind. I say the Rangers need to move on and let the lil cubbies rebuild with smart bussinees operations, not raping our farm system

Samster, seems like Cub Management likes your farm system.

Yes, that’s what scares me

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