CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – The trade deadline is still a week and a half away, and there’s still talk about the Indians being in the mix looking for an arm for the pitching staff.
One player whose name seems to be at the top of the list is Cubs starting pitcher Matt Garza.
Garza is maybe the best starter on the market, and any team that is in search of a starter has been looking at Garza as a possible rental for the key months of August and September.
Friday word broke that the Texas Rangers, who are in need of a starter in the AL West, were close to wrapping up a deal for the 29-year-old.
The rumor had Texas sending minor league pitcher Neil Ramirez to the Cubs as the centerpiece of the deal, a prospect who currently with Double-A Frisco, is 9-3 with a 3.30 ERA.
Word is the Cubs soured on the deal due to something they saw in a medical report on Ramirez. There was word that the two sides were talking about a six-player deal, but it never went down, leaving Garza on the market.
That’s when the Indians jumped in again, as word was the Cubs and Tribe had spoken about at some point about Garza, and the player Chicago wanted was third basemen Lonnie Chisenhall.
Chisenhall has had an up and down season, starting the year at the Major League level, but then after a tough start went down to AAA, and since coming back as been better, hitting .278 (22-for-79) with nine runs, eight doubles, three homers and 14 RBI.
A source told me Saturday that if the deal doesn’t get done by the end of Saturday between the Cubs and Rangers, the Cubs will start to move on and talk to other teams, and one team that is reportedly in the mix is Oakland, the key opposition for Texas in the AL West.
This season with the Cubs has been an excellent one for Garza, who is a 6-1 with a 3.17 ERA.
He would only be worth about 10 starts as a rental, a key reason the Indians don’t want to give up too much for him, as he’s a free agent after the season.
Once Garza is dealt, Jake Peavy of the White Sox, who is signed through next year, is another option for the Indians or other teams looking for a starter.
Milwaukee’s Yovani Gallardo and Houston’s Bud Norris are two other pitchers that could be up for deals as well with 11 days to go till the deadline on July 31st.