According to a report from T.R. Sullivan, the Cubs and Rangers continue to discuss a trade involving Matt Garza. Sullivan’s sources indicated a deal is still possible but there is no timetable of when the trade may be completed. Sullivan confirmed reports on Friday night that the hold-up in the trade came from the Cubs’ side. The Cubs had “some questions about one of the players they were getting in return.” Sullivan reported the concerns weren’t major but fair.
Sullivan reported the names that surfaced on Thursday and Friday remain in play from the Rangers’ side. Those players are believed to include third baseman Mike Olt, RHP Neil Ramirez, RHP Luke Jackson, RHP C.J. Edwards and shortstop Luis Sardinas. Sullivan is not sure which player the Cubs have concerns about but pointed out Mike Olt and Neil Ramirez have both been dealing with injuries this season. Ramirez has struggled with a sore shoulder while Olt is still dealing with vision issues due to a concussion he received after being beaned in Winter Ball.
Jon Daniels is reportedly looking for the Cubs to include a player in the deal that the Rangers would control past this season. Daniels has operated that way in the past. T.R. Sullivan pointed out the last two trades that the Rangers made for rental players, such as Matt Garza, included a player that Texas would have control over for at least the next season.
The player that has been mentioned that could go to Texas, along with Matt Garza, is James Russell. Russell is earning $1.075 million in his first year of arbitration and does not hit free agency until after the 2015 season.
Gerry Fraley reported late Friday night that the Rangers are “willing to give up one Major League-ready player, third baseman Mike Olt of Triple-A Round Rock, and two undetermined minor leaguers. Those players would be a pitcher and a middle infielder.” Fraley reported the Cubs have heavy scouted and are focused on RHP C.J. Edwards and Neil Ramirez is also a possibility.
As of early Saturday afternoon, the talks between the Cubs and Rangers for Matt Garza are not dead and the general thought is that the Cubs will do their best to trade him prior to Monday’s start in Phoenix. But the bottom line is, Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer are not going to trade Garza without receiving back what they perceive he is worth.
Jon Heyman reported just prior to T.R. Sullivan that there is still a chance a deal gets done between the Cubs and Rangers but “both sides are free to look around.”
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