Originally written on MLB Injury News  |  Last updated 10/28/14
The Chicago Cubs appear to have serious suitors as the race to acquire Matt Garza continues. While no deal appears likely within the next 24-48 hours, it does look likely that Garza has pitched his last game in a Cubs uniform. It appears that the Texas Rangers and the Arizona Diamondbacks are in the lead in the Matt Garza race, with the Red Sox right behind them. There is no doubting Garza's talent, but it appears that league executives don't view him as a top-of-the-line starter. Executives told David Kaplan that they don't view Garza as a front of the rotation type of guy, but as a 'strong' No. 3 starter. That certainly isn't hurting the Cubs getting a good package for Garza. In a potential deal with the Rangers, the Cubs are 'looking for' Rangers right-handed pitcher Neftali Feliz, according to a report from Tom Loxas of Cubs Den. While the Cubs want Feliz, that doesn't necessarily mean they get him. Loxas says he 'doubts they cave' with they meaning the Rangers. Feliz hasn't pitched since 2012 when he suffered an elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery. While Tommy John surgery isn't as bad as it once was, it is still a very tough injury for a pitcher to come back from. Yesterday, a report suggested that the Boston Red Sox appeared out or unlikely to land Garza, Loxas had this to say about it: Hearing Bos maybe caving on Cubs price but still may have Tex offer beat. — TomLoxas (@TomLoxas) July 16, 2013 While that report does say that the Red Sox may be balking at the Cubs' asking price, it does say that they may have the better offer between the two teams. While it isn't known who the Cubs may want for Garza, expect the Cubs to ask for one of their MLB ready pitching prospects. The Arizona Diamondbacks, appear to be the team that is known as the "mystery team," according to Tom Loxas. While he doesn't give their level of interest, you can bet that they have a good amount of interest. They want a starting pitcher and have gone after the big names in their trade talks, such as Yovani Gallardo and Jeff Samardzija. The Diamondbacks, however, aren't willing to part with top pitching prospect Tyler Skaggs, so that may hurt a potential deal. The Diamondbacks do have a top of the line pitcher in Archie Bradley, who is known as one of their better pitching prospects. In Double-A Mobile, Bradley has gone 6-4 with a 2.37 ERA and a 72/34 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Keep in mind that he is only 20-years-old. Baseball America rated him as their 25th best prospect this year and he is only going to get better, so Bradley may be a guy that the Cubs are eyeing in a Garza deal with Arizona. AZ is third mystery team according to source. — TomLoxas (@TomLoxas) July 16, 2013 The favorites still appear to be the Texas Rangers, however. They have two guys that the Cubs reportedly really like in Mike Olt and Neftali Feliz. Olt is having troubles seeing the ball and Feliz is coming off of Tommy John surgery, so a deal involving one or maybe both of them comes with great risk, but also great potential. From what we have gathered so far, it appears that the Cubs are going to get a little lesser package than what the Brewers received from Zack Grienke, so that would be a major plus for the Cubs. Still, expect Matt Garza to not be a member of the Cubs by the end of the week. Follow Robert on Twitter @RobertMurrayMLB Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?
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