Jul 3, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Matt Garza (22) stretches between batters during the eighth inning of the game against the Oakland Athletics at O.Co Coliseum. Chicago Cubs defeated the Oakland Athletics 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Garza Trade Talks Hit A Snag Between Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers

For most of the day on Friday, it was believed that the Chicago Cubs would agree to trade starting pitcher Matt Garza to the Texas Rangers for a package of prospects.

Late Friday afternoon, it was believed that the two teams had a framework of a trade in place and the only thing left was for the two sides to exchange medical reports.

That is when the deal between the Cubs and Rangers fell apart.

While the Cubs were reviewing the medical reports of the prospects they would be receiving–presumably third baseman Mike Olt, starting pitcher Neil Ramirez, and a second pitching prospect–the Cubs saw a red flag and that is when the deal fell through between the two teams.

While the Rangers remain heavily interested in acquiring Garza, the Cubs have opened trade talks back up with other teams that have a strong interest in the starting pitcher.

Two of those teams are believed to be the Washington Nationals and Cleveland Indians.

It is believed that the Cubs are seeking third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall in a package from the Indians for Garza. Chisenhall is hitting .244/.290/.419 this season with the Indians to go along with 6 home runs and 25 RBIs.

The Cubs are still hopeful that they will be able to trade Garza by Monday. Garza is scheduled to start against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday.


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