According to a report from Jon Heyman, the Indians are looking for a top of the rotation starter and have held discussions about Matt Garza. Heyman reported Cleveland is looking for someone to pair with Justin Masterson at the top of their rotation.
The Indians have also discussed Yovani Gallardo of the Brewers but could wait to see if Cliff Lee becomes available before making a deal. The Indians were thought to be one of the teams focused on Garza that might be willing to meet the Cubs’ asking price. According to Heyman, there has been a “significant enough gap” in talks with the Cubs about Garza that “nothing is close.”
Jon Heyman reported the Cubs are “seeking multiple good prospects back for Garza.”
Jim Bowden mentioned during his show on MLB Network Radio, that a package that included Trevor Bauer might be enough for Garza. The Indians finished play on Tuesday night just 2 ½ games back of the Tigers in the AL Central.
As Jen Royle reiterated, the Cubs are looking for a top prospect for Garza and she does not see the Red Sox as being a fit due to the asking price. The Cubs are not going to give Garza away.
Teams are interested in Matt Garza. It is up to the front office to decide what is better for the organization moving forward. And while Garza mentioned the possibility of signing an extension with the Cubs, that does not appear to be the case and the team plans to trade him.
According to a report from the Sun-Times, Matt Garza “heads a list of at least four more players” that could be traded before the deadline … and Alfonso Soriano could be traded by August. The Sun-Times reported “at least six teams could get serious about Garza” and the Cubs have made it clear that they plan to trade Garza. And Garza is “privately making arrangements for a move.”
Scott Baker completed his fourth simulated game on Tuesday in Mesa. According to reports, Baker could join the Cubs’ rotation in a month if he does not have any further setback.
It typically takes a starting pitcher on a rehab assignment five to six starts to build up his innings and pitch count. By rule, pitchers can be on a rehab assignment for 30 days.
According to a report from Carrie Muskat, the next step for Baker would be pitching in a minor league rehab game. Baker will be evaluated after his next side session to determine his next step.
David DeJesus has started swinging the bat and taking light batting practice. But DeJesus is not due back before the end of the month, which means one of the players the front office was looking to trade by July 31 will likely remain with the Cubs according to the Sun-Times.
The Cubs have a club option on DeJesus for next season worth $6.5 million. The Sun-Times reported with his contract, DeJesus would not clear waivers for a possible August trade.
News, Notes and Rumors
One of the teams that have been linked to Kevin Gregg added to their bullpen on Tuesday. The Rockies acquired Mitchell Boggs from the Cardinals for International slot money (Rockies No. 4 slot).
The Indians are looking for bullpen help according to Jon Heyman. Could Cleveland be talking to the Cubs about Matt Garza and Kevin Gregg?
Dioner Navarro would like to be an everyday catcher again … and according to the Tribune, Navarro “could prove to be a more valuable ship that anyone imagined when he signed in the off-season.”
Josh Byrnes told the San Diego media that the Padres recent 10-game skid has changed their buyer/seller mentality. Byrnes said the team would have to climb back in the race before they add to the roster. The Cubs and Padres reportedly discussed a deal for Matt Garza several weeks ago.
Could the Cubs be showcasing James Russell for a trade? ESPN ran a blurb on Tuesday citing the Tribune as the source questioning why James Russell would be used in a blowout for the third straight day if they were not trying to move him. ESPN said one club that could be interested is the Boston Red Sox.
Jake Arrieta had a rough outing on Tuesday but if the Cubs can get him on track, they could have landed a very good pitcher. The Dodgers recently compared Arietta’s stuff to Matt Harvey’s according to a report from Ken Rosenthal.