Monday, July 22, 2013

Will Matt Garza be traded before today's start?

After nearly completing a deal to trade Matt Garza to the Rangers, the Cubs apparently backed off due to concerns regarding one of the players involved. Now the Rangers are only of several teams involved in the Garza sweepstakes, according to John Heyman.

With the Rangers seemingly back to square one, that leaves the door open for another team to swoop in and make a deal.  With the questions surrounding the Cardinals starting rotation, adding Garza could make sense, at the right price.  As Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reported earlier, rival executives see the Cardinals, Red Sox, Diamondbacks and Dodgers as the most likely destinations for Garza, if the Rangers don't get something done.

For their part, the Cubs have worked hard to get competitive offers from other teams, according to ESPN's Buster Olney.

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe says that, with Clay Buchholz hurt, the Red Sox's interest in Garza is "deepening". 

Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun Times indicates that the Pirates may be the "team du jour" and adds that the Orioles are sleepers to acquire Garza.

So, with so many teams still involved, its likely that Garza will still get dealt, the question remains as to when.

The Cubs would prefer to trade Garza before today's start, according to Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports.  However, Cubs Manager Dale Sveum is 100% certain that Garza will make today's start, according to Gordon Wittenmyer

Wittenmyer believes that Garza will make his start tonight and that the next "deadline" will be Saturday. 

However, a lot can happen before that 8:40 game time tonight.

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