The Chicago Cubs have told starting pitcher Matt Garza that he will likely be traded after talks between the two sides over a contract extension broke down. Garza is considered one of the top pitchers available via trade this summer and Chicago’s asking price is reportedly very high.
According to Jim Bowden, there is an 80 percent chance that Garza will be traded before his next start. The Texas Rangers, St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cleveland Indians, Toronto Blue Jays and Los Angeles Dodgers are considered the strongest pursuers of the 29-year-old right-hander. A few other teams have also expressed interest.
The Cubs apparently want a few elite prospects in exchange for Garza, which is a bit surprising, considering he will be a free agent after the season.
Most major league clubs apparently don’t consider Garza a legitimate No. 1 or No. 2 starter, but think of him as a very good No. 3 guy. When considering that, Chicago’s asking price is a bit steep. The big prob...