The Texas Rangers may be moving on from Cubs starting pitcher Matt Garza, according to Patrick Mooney of CSN. In an unexpected turn of events, the Rangers appear unwilling to meet the Cubs' trade demands for Matt Garza and are in 'advanced stages' in talks to acquire their 'Plan B.'
The teams in on Garza are the Rangers, Dodgers, Diamondbacks, Blue Jays, Pirates, Red Sox, Cardinals and others. While the Texas Rangers are still in on Garza, it appears that they are slowly starting to fade in the race to land him. If the Rangers do in fact move on from Garza, who is their Plan B?
The Plan B isn't known, but from a report from Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports says that Astros pitcher Bud Norris may be the next option for the Rangers. In addition to the Rangers, the Giants, Pirates, Dodgers, Blue Jays and others are interested in Norris.
Out of all of those teams, the Giants appear to have the worst odds of acquiring Norris, as they are not believed to be aggressively buying. While they showed interest in him earlier in the year, they appear to be an unlikely landing spot for Norris.
The Dodgers, Blue Jays and Rangers are in on Matt Garza, but have shown different levels of interest in him. If one of these teams acquires Garza, they will immediately get out of the Norris sweepstakes. The Blue Jays don't have much depth in their farm system, so it would be tough for them to trade for the pitchers. If they want to further deplete their farms, they can acquire either pitcher, but it will severely damage their future. If the Rangers drop out on Garza sweepstakes, that could make the Dodgers the favorites to land him.
The Pirates are known to be interested in starting pitchers as well. They are most definitely in on both pitchers, but the players may not want a deal to be made. Last year, when the Pirates made a deal during the deadline, the players claimed that it messed with their team chemistry. After the trades, their season went off track, so the front office may not want to make that same mistake twice. The Pirates, however, are still in on Garza and may be able to offer the Cubs a decent package for Garza.
The Garza race is heating up, the rumors are flying, teams are discussing every possible move. You know what that is? That, my friends, is the trade deadline just heating up. Expect a lot of twists and turns in the races in the next few days, so buckle up, this is going to be a bumpy, yet fun ride that is very unpredictable.
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