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Reds, Blue Jays and Rangers all in the mix for Matt Garza

Jul 30, 2012, 11:38 PM EDT

UPDATE: According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Cubs and Reds are talking about a possible Garza deal. Meanwhile, ESPN’s Jayson Stark was told by an executive that there’s now a “very high chance” that Garza is dealt before Tuesday’s deadline. The Blue Jays are said to be charging hard.

10:16 PM: The assumption has been that Matt Garza will remain with the Cubs through tomorrow’s trade deadline, as he was recently skipped in the rotation due to cramping in his right triceps. However, ESPN’s Jayson Stark is hearing otherwise.

According to Doug Padilla of ESPNChicago.com, Garza threw a bullpen session today for the first time since the injury. Cubs manager Dale Sveum said it went “extremely well,” but it’s not clear when he’ll make his next start. Some teams may want to see him pitch again before making an offer, so unless the Cubs are blown away at the last minute, they might be better served to make a deal in the offseason.

Garza, 28, has a 3.91 ERA and 96/32 K/BB ratio in 103 2/3 innings across 18 starts this season. He’s due a raise from his $9.5 million salary this offseason in his final go-around in arbitration.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 31, 2012 at 12:25 AM

    Travis Snider just got traded. Anything to do with this?

    • miamiisdecent - Jul 31, 2012 at 12:27 AM

      That would be my guess. Sad to see him go.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 31, 2012 at 12:32 AM

        Apparently not. Sounds like he’s going to Pittsburgh for Brad Lincoln.

      • miamiisdecent - Jul 31, 2012 at 12:32 AM

        Snider traded to Pittsburgh for Brad Lincoln.

  2. miamiisdecent - Jul 31, 2012 at 12:40 AM

    Part of a bigger deal maybe? I can only hope.

  3. Chris K - Jul 31, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    I know it’s different but, from a Jays perspective, I just can’t stop thinking about Mike Sirotka…

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