Originally written July 19, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
From day one, the Texas Rangers have been the favorites to land Matt Garza. They have talked, exchanged names and medical records and were about to get a deal done, until the potential deal between the Rangers and Cubs hit a 'snag.' The snag, according to John Arguello of Cubs Den is a medical reason. Here is Arguello with more: Was just told it wasn't Garza on the meds. It was a Texas pitcher. — John Arguello (@CubsDen) July 20, 2013 Before this happened, it was reported by Gordon Wittenmeyer of the Chicago Sun-Times that there was an unknown "mystery team" in the NL in on Garza, potentially taking Matt Garza from the Rangers laps. The team, per Wittenmeyer, is the Washington Nationals, but there is one problem with the Nationals acquiring Garza. They are not willing to eat the rest of Garza's remaining salary. The Rangers are not technically out of the Garza race, but their odds of acquiring Garza have gone down considerably. They still have a shot to acquire Garza, but a report from John Arguello of Cubs Den describes the Rangers' feelings of acquiring him: @WSDreaming_Cubs Not officially off but optimism down with Texas. Other teams back in. — John Arguello (@CubsDen) July 20, 2013 The optimism in the Rangers front office doesn't appear too positive, but a deal between the Cubs and Rangers are not dead, but it doesn't look good. Other teams interested in Garza are the Dodgers, Diamondbacks, Red Sox, Indians and Cardinals. The Diamondbacks, once thought of to be in on Garza, appear to be unlikely suitors for him, according to this report from John Gambadoro of 620 KTAR Phoenix: Dbacks will not be trading for Matt Garza, price way too high. — John Gambadoro (@Gambo620) July 19, 2013 The Cubs, according to a report from ESPN, are targeting third base prospect Lonnie Chisenhall in return in a potential deal with the Indians, as well as others, for Garza. Chisenhall is regarded as the Indians top hitting prospect in the minors, so this would be a tough deal for the Indians to make. What doesn't make sense is that the Cubs are set in the future at third base, as they drafted Kris Bryant with the second pick in the first round. The Dodgers, after acquiring Ricky Nolasco, are still in on Garza. While it is not the biggest need for the Dodgers, remember this. They are the Dodgers. They want stars everywhere and they will risk their future in order to win now. The Red Sox also appear to be unlikely suitors for Garza, as the Cubs have been asking for two of the Red Sox' top pitching prospects. As of now, the Red Sox have not budged in their stance that they won't give two of them up. The Cubs are aiming to get a deal done before Monday, but that is not certain. A report from Jim Bowden of ESPN suggests that the Rangers and Cubs are working hard to get a deal done. Rangers - Cubs both working hard to complete deal involving Matt Garza by trying to find a replacement for player w questionable medicals — JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) July 20, 2013 No deal appears imminent at the moment, but with this trade and rumors, anything can happen. This is a very unpredictable rumor/trade talks, so talks can heat up or cool down within an instant. Stay tuned. Follow Robert on Twitter @RobertMurrayMLB Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?
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