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Though the Chicago Cubs are looking at a handful of reclamation project type pitchers, and a trade for Zack Greinke, it looks like it could be Matt Garza that they end up landing. According to a ML source, the two teams are exchanging names on a possible deal, and it’s now better than 50/50 that Garza ends up with the Cubs.

Garza, 27, is set to get a healthy bump in arbitration from the $3.35 million he made in 2010 (as a Super Two player), and the Rays have a surplus of starting pitchers. Garza had a slightly down 2010, so he was a logical choice to get dealt. The only fear with Garza? He’s got a pretty pronounced home/road split over the last three years (3.21 at his pitcher’s park home, and 4.53 on the road).

It’s still unclear whom the Cubs would send to the Rays, though the source suggests that at least one of the players (though not the main piece of the deal) would be one of Robinson Chirinos and Welington Castillo. If one of them is dealt, the proposed deal with the Rangers, involving Chris Davis and Darren O’Day, may fall through. It sounds like the Cubs have been close on that deal for a week now, but other possibilities keep popping up and putting it on hold.

Some external confirmation comes from Bruce Levine, who, while not going as far as to say that the Cubs and Rays are near a deal, did say last night that the two sides have met to discuss players.

  • Jeff

    Paul Sullivan says the Cubs are out on Greinke, the Royals want Cashner and the Cubs won’t part ways. Joe Maddon said that Garza will pitch for Tampa next year and Sullivan says they wanted Chris Archer and Brett Jackson plus someone else, so it looks like Brandon Webb or bust.

    • Butcher

      What Jeff said.

  • Butcher

    General manager Jim Hendry also met with Tampa Bay officials Wednesday night, leading to speculation that starter Matt Garza is on their radar. But a deal is unlikely and Rays executives were amused by the speculation.

    “Matt Garza will be pitching for us,” Rays manager Joe Maddon told the St. Petersburg Times.

    So much for that…

  • Tom Andresen

    Not a bad trade idea at all. The question is what prospects are being included?

  • Willis

    Team won’t deal anyone worth a shit for a proven pitcher so don’t worry. This deal ain’t happening. Say hello to Webb and 84-85 mph.

  • Kenny L.

    Why do all these deals keep falling apart at the last minute?

  • http://bleachernation ramy16

    is it really going to happen? or is all talk? it would be a grwat pick and would help our rotaion tremendously

    • Bric

      Because don’t you remember what Hendry said in August that they’re only one or two players away fom contending in 2011? Apparently that math included addition by subtraction (his number two pitcher and half of his bench). You can’t deal with irrational people like him rationally. Ricketts need to pull the plug on his ego trip and put him out of his misery.

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