Matt Garza rumors are flying around the internet at a lightning pace at this moment.
On Monday, it was widely reported that Garza would be traded before his next start and that the Texas Rangers would likely be the team acquiring the Chicago Cubs’ starting pitcher.
Tuesday has brought a whole new set of rumors involving Garza.
Depending on who you follow on twitter, either the Texas Rangers or the Arizona Diamondbacks are the favorites to land Garza. Though, the consensus in all reports is that the Boston Red Sox may be gearing up to make a final push for Garza.
While there have been no rumors on the potential packages from the Diamondbacks or Red Sox, there have names floating around from the Rangers’ organization that could be involved in a potential package for Garza.
Twitter exploded with news that the Rangers may be including super-prospect, second baseman Jurickson Profar in their package. Though, that scenario would involve the Cubs’ sacrificing a top prospect of their own.
Where the confusion came was whether or not the Cubs and Rangers were actually discussing a package that included Profar. It appears that it was speculation that Profar, who is the Rangers’ best trade chip, is someone that the Cubs could ask for.
To that end, the Cubs would be foolish not ask for Profar.
Cubs’ fans should not get their hopes up that Profar is coming to the Chicago. If anything, the Cubs probably mentioned Profar as a starting point for negotiations. The idea being that the Cubs’ front office would over-sell Garza with the hope of getting what they actually seek for Garza when the Rangers’ balk at their initial demand of Profar.
The consensus of every reporter is that the Rangers’ package will include third baseman Mike Olt. However, Olt is not believed to be the centerpiece of the deal.
There has also been rumors that the Cubs are seeking starting pitcher Neftali Feliz in a package from the Rangers. Though, it has been reported that the Rangers are reluctant to part ways with Feliz. Feliz was proving in 2012 to be one of the best, young starting pitchers in the baseball before requiring Tommy John Surgery. There has been no word on if the Cubs view Feliz as a future reliever or starting pitcher.
There has also been talk of the Cubs wanting starting pitcher Martin Perez in a deal with the Rangers. The 22-year old Perez is 3-2 for the Rangers this season to go along with an ERA of 3.00.
The potential and seemingly imminent trade of Garza is a fluid situation with many moving parts. If there is any certainty in all this, it is that Garza has made his last start for the Cubs.