Sunday, July 21, 2013
Garza still in Chicago -- for now
By Joe Kaiser
While it's looking more and more likely that Matt Garza could be sent to the Texas Rangers for a package of prospects, fact is, Garza remains a member of the Chicago Cubs.
Garza is slated to start Monday for Chicago against the Arizona Diamondbacks. That is, unless he's traded over the next several hours, which is always possible.
As for the Rangers' side of things, it's becoming clearer which prospects could be shipped to Chicago in the rumored deal.
According to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, the Rangers "are not willing to give up pitchers Martin Perez or Luke Jackson" but remain hopeful that they can complete the deal.
This could mean that the deal will center around a package that includes Single-A right-hander C.J. Edwards and Triple-A third baseman Mike Olt. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that Rangers pitching prospect Neil Ramirez has also been discussed.
In the end, the Cubs could end up with quite a haul. Here's our own Buster Olney with more on the players who could be involved.
Buster OlneyMartin Perez is a possibility, but other prospects are more likely
"...given the realities of the marketplace, the Cubs are more likely to get C.J. Edwards, a former 48th-round pick who has had an excellent season in Class A -- where he has 122 strikeouts in 93 1/3 innings, with a 1.83 ERA -- or Luke Jackson, another young pitcher who is more advanced but is also still probably two years away from pitching in the big leagues. These are two players who don’t necessarily have the buzz among casual fans that Perez does. But they are attracting a lot of conversation among rival evaluators, and given the Cubs’ possible timetable for the promotion of their growing stock of minor league talent -- it probably will be 2015 when Albert Almora, Javier Baez, Kris Bryant and Jorge Soler become rooted in the big leagues -- it makes sense for Chicago to invest in a high-end pitching prospect still developing."