As far as Dale Sveum is concerned Matt Garza will be starting for the Cubs on Monday night in Phoenix. But does the front office have other plans?
After the deal with Texas that would have reportedly sent Matt Garza and another Cubs’ player, believed to be James Russell, to the Rangers for four prospects hit a snag after the medicals were reviewed on Friday, the Cubs are believed to be looking into other deals for Garza and would still like to trade him before he takes the hill on Monday. The Cubs are reportedly still talking to the Rangers about a deal and have engaged in discussions with Oakland about Garza.
According to a report from Nick Cafardo, the Red Sox interest in Matt Garza is a little deeper than has been reported. Clay Buchholtz has not pitched since June 8 and is going to see Dr. James Andrews on Monday for a second opinion on his shoulder/trap injury. The Red Sox are in need of starting pitching and would be a fit for Garza. Some think Ben Cherington should have been in heavily on Garza from the beginning due to his success in the AL East. Multiple reports have indicated that Boston does not want to pay the high price to acquire Garza.
The Pirates and Orioles could also be in the mix for Garza according to the Sun-Times.
The Pirates have been linked to Garza in recent weeks due to their need to finish above .500 and make the playoffs for the first time in a generation. The thought was that Pittsburgh might be willing to give a little more, in terms of prospects, in order to land Garza. Pirates’ GM Neal Huntington said he is looking to add pitching and told the Pirates’ beat writers, “We know the players we want and we know what we’re willing to give up. We’re willing to stretch a lot on some guys, not so much on others.”
The Orioles continue to scout the Cubs according to the Sun-Times, and could be “a sleeper team for Garza.” And don’t count out the Nationals as a team that could pull off a trade for Matt Garza.
According to Bruce Levine, the Cubs do not have a contingency plan for a starter in the event Garza is traded before Monday’s start. Keep in mind, Travis Wood could be moved up a day and start Monday’s opener. Wood did not pitch in the All-Star game and has not pitched since last Sunday against the Cardinals.
Alfonso Soriano and Nate Schierholtz
The New York Yankees are following the Cubs on their current ten-game road trip through Colorado, Arizona and San Francisco according to the Sun-Times. And the Yankees could be looking at Alfonso Soriano and Nate Schierholtz.
The Yankees are looking for an everyday bat and could talk to the Cubs about Soriano. But Soriano has full no trade rights and did not sound too interested in waiving those rights when he spoke with the Tribune. Soriano does not think he could go to another team and get comfortable in only two months.
As for Nate Schierholtz, he has been linked to the Pirates in recent weeks and the Yankees could be viewing him as a platoon option to add offense.
The Cubs do not appear to be interested in moving Schierholtz after the way he has played this season, plus they have control over him for next season.
According to a report from Jesse Sanchez, the Cubs are expected to announce the signing of OF Eloy Jimenez at a press conference in the Dominican Republic on August 1 or August 2. Jimenez agreed to a $2.8 million contract with the Cubs that is believed to include a $250,000 college scholarship.
Sanchez reported Jimenez turned down a $5 million signing bonus from another team to stay with the Cubs.
Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez
The Cubs are one of many teams interested in signing free agent right-handed pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez. Peter Gammons reported on Sunday morning that he is hearing if the Dodgers are willing to go five years and close to $50 million for him then Gonzalez will sign with the Dodgers.
Ken Rosenthal reported that the Dodgers interest in Gonzalez is “not as fervent as some are portraying” on Sunday afternoon.
Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez is expected to sign with a team this week.
News and Notes
David DeJesus played in his second rehab game on Sunday in Arizona and could be activated from the DL by the end of the week.
Kris Bryant made his pro debut on Sunday night. Bryant hit third and played third base for the AZL Cubs.
Brett Jackson is getting healthy and feels he can still help the Cubs.