It is looking more and more clear that Chicago Cubs’ starting pitcher Matt Garza has made his last start with the team.
David Kaplan of CSN Chicago reports that Garza will be traded this week. Kaplan noted that after Garza’s strong start against the St Louis Cardinals on Saturday, several teams decided to go all-in for the starting pitcher.
Of all the teams interested in Garza, Kaplan mentions the Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays, and Cleveland Indians as the front-runners to acquire Garza.
Though, it appears that the Texas Rangers are the clear favorites and a deal between the two teams could be finalized soon.
Cubs Den reports that a Garza trade should come very soon and it appears that the trade is with Rangers. The report also suggests that the Cubs would receive third baseman Mike Olt in addition to Major League ready pitching prospects.
The Cubs had interest in Olt last season. It is believed that Olt would have been traded to the Cubs last season as part of a package for Garza. That deal was never consummated in light of Garza’s injury.
Olt has fallen off during the 2013 season and is beginning to age himself out of the blue-chip prospect category. Olt has a line of .211/.312/.399/.711 to go along with 8 homes runs for the Rangers’ Triple-A affiliate.
Olt likely will not be the centerpiece of the Cubs’ seemingly imminent deal with the Rangers. Though, it should be noted that Cubs’ front office does have interest in the power-hitting third baseman. The Cubs’ front office managed to correct Anthony Rizzo‘s problem, perhaps, they feel the same way about Olt.
While the Rangers now appear to be in the driving seat, both the Boston Red Sox and St Louis Cardinals have been rumored as dark-horses for Garza.