Jul 13, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Matt Garza (22) throws a pitch during the seventh inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field. The Cubs won 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Cubs Making Progress On Matt Garza Trade

While Matt Garza was in the middle of pitching another quality start on Saturday against the St Louis Cardinals, many reporters were speculating that the Cubs’ starting pitcher will be traded during the All-Star break.

Buster Olney of ESPN tweeted during the game that the Cubs are making progress with two teams on a potential Garza trade and that the expectation is that the pitcher will likely be traded during the All-Star break.

That would be when the guessing ensued as fans attempted to discover the two teams that the Cubs were making progress with.

Olney did drop a hint as the insider tweeted that the Baltimore Orioles are presumably out of the Garza sweepstakes.

News of the Orioles dropping from the Garza sweepstakes is no surprise. In fact, after the Orioles acquired Scott Feldman from the Cubs a few weeks ago, it appeared that they were no longer logical suitors for Garza.

Olney’s colleague, Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago, may have a drop on the two teams that the Cubs are making progress with. In a report after the Cubs’ victory on Saturday, Levine listed the Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays as front-runners to acquire Garza.

Levine mentioned that the Cubs are seeking run-producing prospects as well as pitching prospects in a return for Garza.

Levine also added that Rangers’ third base prospect Mike Olt would be traded to the Cubs in any Garza trade between the two teams.

The 25-year old Olt, who would have been sent to the Cubs last season in a potential Garza trade, entered the 2013 season ranked as the 22nd prospect in all of baseball.

Olt, however, has struggled this season. In 60 games with the Rangers’ Triple-A affiliate in Round Rock, Olt is hitting .209/.386/.692 to go along with 8 home runs.

Garza is scheduled to start for the Cubs on the Monday after the All-Star break against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Though, if recent reports appear accurate, the starting pitcher will not be a member of the Cubs by then.

Tags: Chicago Cubs Matt Garza Mike Olt Progress Texas Rangers Toronto Blue Jays

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