Cubs Reportedly Plan to Trade Garza and Other News and Rumors

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

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

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.

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  • raymondrobertkoenig

    DeJesus can still be traded in August.

    • Tony_Hall

      What they said was that he wouldn’t clear waivers to be freely traded.

      “And with a contract that pays $4.25 million this year and includes a club-friendly $6.5 million option, DeJesus certainly would not clear waivers for a possible August trade.”

      Not impossible to still trade but much more difficult when dealing with one team. Plus he will not pass through teams that would be looking for him to start the rest of this year and next year, most likely teams not in the playoffs.

  • Ripsnorter1

    I would think, if I were a GM, that landing Garza sooner is better than later, since he would have more starts with my team.

    So what’s the delay? the asking price.

    Jake Arrieta has always had good stuff. He’s a Samardzija from a few years back. Can he ever learn to control it has always been the issue. Is he Mike MacDougal or Jeff Samardzija? So far, he’s Mike MacDougal.

    • J Daniel

      You are correct but sometimes pitchers take a little bit longer to “get it”. That is always the risk on giving up on someone to early. A lot has to do with expectations based on where the team is at. Right now they are in the need of as many high reward guys as possible.

      With that said, I would expect that there starts to become more stability next year. Personally, I want to see fewer guys signed with idea of trade for prospects. I want to start to see guys brought in with the expectation that they are part of the solution. I want them to start to be competitive and build at the same time next year. I get the fact that they needed high draft picks of have a shot at high impact future all stars. Three years of that is enough.

      • paulcatanese

        “I approve of this message”:)

        • mike1040

          Me too!

        • J Daniel

          Thanks, Paul!

    • 07GreyDigger

      Even if he’s Mike MacDougal, (who had some effective bullpen years for a stretch) that’s a good return for half a season of a pitcher you signed for a one year deal. That’s my 3 cents.

      • cubtex

        3 cents? this inflation stuff is getting out of control :)

  • redlarczykg

    Jake Arrieta first start at AAA Iowa.

    3.2 in – 10 hits.

    A power arm has little value without the ability to spot your pitches, which has always been his problem.

    Wood, this year, is lights out, with no where near Arrieta’s stuff. But he has developed pin point control. Hopefully the Cubs staff have can help Jake as it seems they have for Wood.

    But then again, Arrieta is 27 years old.

    • Tony_Hall

      Man, and I thought they would have him fixed in the few days he was in Iowa….

  • 07GreyDigger

    I’m all for getting value for Navarro but who becomes the backup? That’s what makes trading Clevenger even more curious.

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  • gary3411

    Trevor Bauer would be a slam dunk IMO. Sign seal and deliver him. He’s had his struggles this year but at a young 22 (January) he still has plenty of shot to be a TOR starter in the bigs.

    I have a feeling Arietta will be a good setup man in the near future.

    • cubtex

      I would be concerned about Bauer if 2 teams are willing to give up on him this quickly. Not only does he have major command issues but the talk is that he is not coachable.

      • DWalker

        The command issues, they might be solvable. the not coachable thing is downright scary and is probably the deal killer for most any prospective taker of bauer if they feel it is true.

        • cubtex

          Command issues are hard to correct. Chris Archer has the same issues. Both of these guys have plus stuff but they can rarely get past the 5th or 6th innings due to high pitch counts. That will prevent him from ever being a TOR starter because it is too taxing on a bullpen.

          • 07GreyDigger

            Good point. Command issues = bullpen. And we all know from our favorite recently traded closer how that can affect you as a bullpen guy as well.

          • DWalker

            i did say “might”. If he’s not coachable though, then theres probably no chance.

        • mutantbeast

          Bauer has some serious mechanical issues. the “coachability” issue comes from his refusal to give up his long toss program and the fact that Bauer cant seem to grasp the iidea he drops his arm level too low , losing velocity and command at the same time. Bauer is just like Arrieta in many ways.

      • Theboardrider

        That’s a bummer. He did grow up in Hollywood. I hate to typecast, but that sort of thing just scares me. Not to say that people from there are bad but it’s such an easy place to get a big head.

    • cubtex

      Here is a scouting report on Bauer from earlier in the year.

      Bauer pitched backwards a lot during the
      game; particularly after the first inning. While pitchers who have plus
      control can do this, Bauer’s control of his secondary pitches are not
      at the level. He just can’t throw all of his secondary pitches for
      strikes and this is resulting in deep counts. The bottom line…97
      pitches only got him through five innings despite an arsenal that
      generated eight strikeouts.

      Part of the reason for his lack of precise
      command and control is the violence in his delivery. While the
      momentum to the plate is outstanding, the finishing of his delivery is
      not. He routinely jerks his head on the landing and then falls off hard
      to the first base side. The balance is well below average and this in
      turn, is causing him to not be able to repeat his delivery and loose his
      release point. It’s just not good and until he modifies his mechanics,
      I think finding elite success will be difficult.

      • Theboardrider

        That sort of delivery sounds like arm problems waiting to happen…

      • paulcatanese

        I think he sounds like a certain reliever that is now with another team, actually pretty much a carbon copy.
        This would make no sense to take on another pitcher with the same makeup
        and have the same problems.

    • Theboardrider

      I like Arrieta. Give Bosio a full year to work with him and I’m intrigued as to what he could become. There are some very stout comparisons out there for him.

  • cubtex

    Martin Perez pitched again for the Rangers last night and got the W. He worked around several errors and kept his team close. Went 6 IP giving up 4R and 2 ER. I seriously doubt that the Rangers would be willing to part with Perez now. It looks like he is taking the next step and is getting it.

    • gary3411

      Agreed, Garza will maybe result in 2 extra regular season wins tops over Perez and 0 in the future. Now, the playoffs could be a significant difference, but I don’t think the Rangers believe their window is short to this year and they expect to be in the position for at least a couple more years and Perez will be there to help them and could be better than Garza then. I sure as hell wouldn’t trade Perez for Garza if I were them.

      • Theboardrider

        I’m thinking the Indians or the Blue Jays are more likely partners for Garza. I have a feeling the Rangers won’t part with Perez and I imagine the Cubs are demanding he be included. Maybe if we did a straight up Perez for Garza swap? Who knows…

        I have to say I am intrigued by the Neftali Perez idea. I like him and if they offered Perez and Olt I’d consider it.

        • Josh Man

          Justin Grimm might also be a possibility, there is some potential there, although he is probably still at least a year away from realizing it. Obviously, I’d rather have Martin Perez. I also wonder if the Rangers might be interested in Soriano. They badly need to add a bat.

          • mutantbeast

            the Strangers hand might be forced if they lose Cruz with the Biogenesis matter.

          • 07GreyDigger

            Great point. But Soriano might not like the weather in Texas…

          • paulcatanese

            It would be warm, no question. Then again he seems to thrive in warm weather.

            Then again, I don’t want to see him traded.

            I would like to see more than the small sample that Castro and Rizzo put out there last night.

            I would like also to see Barney increase his small sample too.

          • 07GreyDigger

            Call me crazy, I know he’s hitting well and if he leaves they have no cleanup hitter, but I’m done with Soriano.

            Maybe its because he reminds me of the Hendry years, maybe its because of my memories of him playing defense reminded me of him having a frying pan instead of a glove on (yes I know he’s much better) or maybe its because he decided to become a professional and a leader when everyone left and the team was hopeless.

            I’m ready for a new guy and I want to see someone else get a turn. But that’s just my 4 cents.

          • paulcatanese

            What, do you have a buddy at the bank? you keep raising those cents.
            Appreciate you’re opinion, but still would like to see Soriono stay.