Jun 27, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Chicago Cubs pitcher Matt Garza during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Pirates Enter The Matt Garza Trade Talks

In what should surprise no one, the Matt Garza trade talks have taken another twist.

After failing to reach a deal with the Texas Rangers on Friday and Saturday, the Chicago Cubs have begun shopping Matt Garza to other teams once again.

Garza is scheduled to start for the Cubs on Monday, and the Cubs still are holding out hope that they will be able to trade the starting pitcher before then.

If the Cubs are unable to trade Garza by Monday, then Garza is expected to make his start against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

There is a new flavor of the day for the Garza trade talks. That flavor is the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Pirates have been mentioned in Garza trade talks in this past week, however after Pirates’ general manager Neal Huntington indicated that he would be willing to overspend in a potential trade, it appears that the Pirates’ interest in Garza has gotten stronger.

Though, a deal between the Cubs and Pirates may not only pertain to Garza going from the Cubs to the Pirates. The Pirates have long been seeking a run-producing outfielder and the Cubs are looking to trade both their right fielder and their left fielder.

The Pirates are believed to have an interest in Cubs’ right fielder Nate Schierholtz, meaning Schierholtz may be sent to Pittsburgh along with Garza if the two teams do make a trade.

Of all the teams that are currently involved in trade talks for Garza, the Pirates are likely the best option for the Cubs.

The Cubs are focusing on pitching prospects in a return for Garza, and the Pirates’ farm system is defined by talented pitching prospects.

The Cubs and Pirates are no strangers to doing business with one another. Despite being in the same division, the Cubs and Pirates have been trading partners in the past. Like the team did in 2003, the Cubs may be able to get one over on the Pirates.

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