As reports surfaced on Saturday afternoon out of Arlington that the Cubs and Rangers were not making any significant progress in discussions for Matt Garza, Ken Rosenthal reported the Oakland A’s have surfaced as a possible destination for Garza “if the price is right.”
Ken Rosenthal reported that the Athletics’ interest in Garza is “serious” and not a way for the Cubs to push the Rangers into making a deal. Rosenthal did not mention which players the Cubs could receive in return.
Reports from T.R. Sullivan earlier on Saturday indicated a deal could still be worked out between the Cubs and Rangers for Matt Garza. But there was something that surfaced in one of the player’s medicals that the Cubs did not like. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have engaged discussions with other teams.
According to Jeff Wilson, the deal could still happen with the Rangers. The package of prospects for Matt Garza and another Cubs’ player believed to be James Russell, would be Mike Olt, Luis Sardinas, and right handers Neil Ramirez and C.J. Edwards.
The positive from the medicals being exchanged is that Matt Garza apparently checked out okay. There is no way the Cubs would have been contacted by another team if there were concerns about Garza’s health.
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