Now THIS is a rumor.

On ESPN1000 this morning, Bruce Levine said the Chicago Cubs are one
of three teams going hard after Tampa Bay pitcher, Matt Garza. Garza,
27, is under control through 2013, but is about to start making good
money via arbitration, and the Rays are looking to save some cash, and
move Garza for prospects. He was 15-10 with a 3.91 ERA in 204.2
innings last year in the hefty AL East. And that was, statistically,
his worst year in Tampa. In 2008 and 2009, he had similarly solid, if
not spectacular, numbers.

No word yet on whom the Cubs would consider giving up, but you’d have
to believe the prospects would be names you’ve heard of – with only
guys like Brett Jackson, Chris Archer, Hak-Ju Lee and Trey McNutt off
the table.

  • Mike

    Brewers being one of the other two? Get it done Jimbo.

    • Ace

      No doubt.

  • KB

    Did you list McNutt twice, because of his name?
    Wouldn’t Vitters be off the table too?

    • Ace

      Ha, he does have an excellent name – but no, just a typo.

      And no, I don’t think Vitters is off the table. The Cubs still like him a lot, but he’s not in the same league as the other four right now.

    • Bric

      The real question is why is Trey McNutt even listed once? He ,along with Vitters, needs to be traded ASAP before their value disintegrates. Neither will ever play in a Cubs uniform. Then again it is Hendry, who seems content these days to overpay for free agents from other teams while writing off 99% of his own draftees after three or four pointless years in the minors.

      • Ace

        I’ve heard that the Cubs like McNutt better than any other pitcher in the system.

        • KB

          Dude, I’m as critical of Vitters as anyone, but to say he’ll never play big-league ball is crazy-talk. At this point, he projects as a slightly better Jeff Francoeur…great swing, hideous plate discipline.

          That he can play third makes him more valuable than Francoeur, and if he can just swinging at everything within a 10-foot radius of the plate, he could become a serious force, an All-Star calibre young Cub 3rd baseman.

          I’m not holding my breath on that second part, but he’ll certainly wear a MLB uniform.

          • TC

            Can he play third base, though? Vitters has a career .907 fielding percentage in the minor leagues, which is atrocious. To put that in perspective, Aramis Ramirez, who I think most people would describe as below-average defensively, has a .948 mark for his career.

  • Jeff

    Bruce Levine is saying the Cubs have the best package of all the offers the Rays have gotten for Garza so far. I was calling for them to look into Grienke a couple of weeks ago, but Garza might be the better fit if the Cubs actually came up with a group of prospects they are willing to deal, which I don’t think would be the case dealing with Grienke and the Royals who seem to be asking an awful lot from the others that have inquired.