Garza Denies Conversation with Cubs about Being Traded

According to a report from Jon Heyman on Sunday afternoon, the Cubs have informed Matt Garza that he’ll likely be traded. The Cubs have decided to trade Garza according to Heyman after talks with Garza did not produce an extension.

Matt Garza denied Heyman’s report after Sunday’s game. Garza said he has not been told by his agent or the Cubs’ front office that he will likely be traded.

Jon Heyman reported Garza continues to draw interest from the Rangers, Indians, Red Sox and Cardinals. But Heyman questioned the reported interest from Toronto for Garza.

Buster Olney reported before and during Sunday’s game that the odds are 80-20 that Garza is traded by Friday. Olney also reported the Rangers as being the frontrunners for Garza with teams in the NL West and Cleveland in the mix as well. Olney reported during Sunday’s game, the Cubs are focused on receiving pitching in return as part of a package for Matt Garza.

Jon Heyman reported the conversations between the Cubs and Matt Garza about a contract extension broke off due to a “difference of opinion over the AAV (average annual value) on the deal.”

According to a report from Patrick Mooney, Garza expects to be traded soon and the Cubs “are hoping to cash in the way the Milwaukee Brewers did by dealing Zack Greinke to the Los Angeles Angels last July.”

Rumors and Notes

According to Ken Rosenthal, the Cubs “aren’t necessarily inclined” to trade David DeJesus. The Cubs have a $6.5 million option on DeJesus for 2014 and the team likes the positive influence that DeJesus provides in the clubhouse. The Cubs are listening on everyone according to Rosenthal and could still trade DeJesus if not by July 31 then in August.

Chris Rusin, Jake Arrieta and Scott Baker are candidates to replace Matt Garza in the rotation if or when he is traded.

According to Buster Olney, the Orioles are out on Matt Garza.

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