Report: Cubs Talking Garza with the Padres

According to a report from Peter Gammons, the Cubs and Padres have discussed a deal that would send Matt Garza to San Diego for a package of prospects, including outfielder Reymond Fuentes.

The Cubs could be looking to maximize Graza’s value by trading him well before the July 31 deadline. If the Cubs trade Garza sooner, rather than later, he would have a bigger impact on his new team moving forward and net the Cubs a bigger return.

Peter Gammons reported that Reymond Fuentes and two other prospects with connections to Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod could be involved in the discussions. A report last week from Buster Olney indicated the Cubs had started exchanging names with other teams. And this would fall in line with Olney’s report.

The Giants, Orioles, Rockies, Indians and Rangers are also believed to be interested in Matt Garza.

The Red Sox selected Reymond Fuentes in the first round of the 2009 draft. Jed Hoyer acquired Fuentes, along with Anthony Rizzo and Casey Kelly from the Red Sox in the Adrian Gonzalez deal.

The 22-year old lefty hitting outfielder is having a good second year at the Double-A level. Fuentes managed only a .218/.301/.302/.604 line in 136 games last season with 20 doubles, four triples and four home runs. In 63 games this season, Fuentes is hitting .332/.419/.472/.891 with 14 doubles, two triples and five home runs.

Reymond Fuentes’ Page on Baseball-Reference

Gammons did not mention the names of the other two prospects, but the Cubs have been very transparent that any deal they make will include pitching.

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  • Ray Ray

    Get Cashner back!!! I know…..it will never happen.

    • WidespreadHisPanic

      Yep that would be sweet if we got Cashner back!

      • Ray Ray

        Won’t happen. He has been greeting better and better as a starter. It would take a hell of alot to get him back.

        • Ripsnorter1

          Did you know that this Fuentes was injured?

          Yup. He’s perfect for us.

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            It is a hamstring injury, he’s been out since June 12 and had to miss the All-Star game. When he is able to play again, he is a 34-game on base streak.

            Not that this matters, he is Carlos Beltran’s cousin.

  • Ray Ray

    I am going on record as saying that Casey Kelly will be involved in this deal if it happens. He had Tommy John surgery in March and you know how Thoyer loves to go after those players.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Let’s get a whole roster full of “Tommy John” Pitchers! Think of adding Kelly to this stud rotation of Baker & Arodys Vizcaino. It’s a lock that they’d have the lowest ERA in MLB: 0.00 ERA in 0 games pitched.

      • paulcatanese

        That’s a possibility Rip, probably a discount for cheaper by the dozen:)

    • Ripsnorter1

      N.I.V., RayRay…..

      Chris Volstad was sent down today. The Rockies had had enough. 8 IP…only 19 H given up….10.80 ERA….

  • raymondrobertkoenig

    The Cubs need to trade Garza before he gets injured again and they get nothing.

    • paulcatanese

      Like you’re post, but what makes anyone think they will get anything anyhow?

      • raymondrobertkoenig

        Some fans do.

        • paulcatanese

          Not if they are dealing with the Padres. Is there a connection between the Padres and the Cubs(humor) and as of late with the Red Sox (humor)?

          • paulcatanese

            And does anyone think that the Cubs are trading players just to trade?

        • paulcatanese

          Don’t pay any attention to what I have posted, been having a bad day. (Paul)

          • raymondrobertkoenig

            Not a problem, hope tomorrow is a better day.

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Hope tomorrow is better

          • triple

            Keep your chin up Paul!

  • paulcatanese

    Ah. my favorite time of the year, the All Star game. or is it the most times a fan can vote for a favorite player?
    It really galls me to think that that is a proper way to have an all star game, guys with the most votes from the home town crowd.
    No doubt I would like to see a lot of Cubs on the field for that special event, but I cannot bring myself to vote them in if not deserved.
    Is it because it’s supposed to be the fans game? It certainly is not because the players are best at their position at the all star game time.
    I will vote of course, but for one player at each position, and hope to get a Cub on the roster. But will not vote for 25 Cub players at one time or 30 times.
    Something needs to be changed to make the game more legitimate.
    Let the players vote for opposing players the are deserving, they would know a lot better than, in this case “fair weather fans”. (Am not referring to Cub fans).

    • Ripsnorter1

      My only question: who on the Cubs would you vote for as an All-Star anyway? Castro? Rizzo? Valbuena? Schierholtz? Don’t tell me Scott Hairston…..

      If you vote once, that’s one more vote than I can give them at this time. It just isn’t our year.

      • paulcatanese

        That’s a tough one Rip, no one has been there long enough. It would have to be a pitcher, but then what if the guy is gone before the All Star game?

      • Tony_Hall

        1) Travis Wood
        2) Jeff Samardzija
        3) Kevin Gregg
        4) Jeff Russell
        5) Scott Feldman

        Get the theme.

        • Ray Ray

          I would vote for Jeff Russell too. I wonder if he can still fit into his uniform :))))

          • Tony_Hall

            I don’t think I have done that on him before, but do you ever catch yourself with kids of people you know, calling them by their parents names…….sign of getting old….

          • Ray Ray

            I do that all the time with Russell. Lol

          • paulcatanese

            I do that all the time,,,period. Glad everyone has their names posted, I would be in a mess if they weren’t.

        • Ripsnorter1

          Yeah, I get the theme. You don’t know that fans do not vote for pitchers.

          Where have you been all of these years, Tony?

          http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/events/all_star/y2013/ballot.jsp

          • Tony_Hall

            I do know how the voting goes, and don’t think I could vote for any of the position players to be All-Stars…..hence the theme.

  • paulcatanese

    Suzy, if you are reading posts today, I thought that since you love gardening I would mention this.
    I didn’t know until I was eight years old (being Italian) that there were no other salad greens besides Dandelion leaves for dinner. Bitter, but with vinegar and olive oil not too bad. That was back in the days when Grandparents were directly from the Old Country. And the flower (yellow) was held under the cheeks of youngsters to see the reflection. And of course Phil Cavaretta was playing first base for the Cubs.

    • Sonate

      My experience with dandelion leaves is that they are not bitter if you “harvest” them before the flower blooms!

      • paulcatanese

        Good answer, and makes sense. I was pretty young, almost 70 yrs ago.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Solid Daytona Cubs debut for Pierce Johnson on Monday night.
    Johnson allowed 3R, 6H (HR), 2BB, 6K, WP in 6IP. The two walks came in his last inning of work as he was running out of gas. Baez turned a double play to get him out of a jam. Johnson gave up two runs on a homer in the fourth and picked off a batter from first base.

    On a defensive note, Baez has turned two 6-3 double plays tonight

  • Ray Ray

    Jon Heyman is reporting Cubs are working on arrangements to release Ian Stewart from organization. Good riddance

    • TheWrongGuy

      YAY!!! I will miss only his defense at 3rd it was good.

      • paulcatanese

        I really haven’t seen for any length of time, but the two of them over there now seem to be doing a pretty decent job.
        I know it could be better, and of the two,
        Valbuena stands out for me with the glove. He is probably having a career year (for him). I go back to the last days of Ramirez and really notice the difference on the upside.

  • Matt_Larson

    Blackhawks win!!! :D

  • Sonate

    Unless I missed it, I could not find Fuentes in the top 30 Padres prospects. We should be able to do much better than that for Garza.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      I would not think Fuentes would be the centerpiece of a trade involving Garza.

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