So much for yesterday’s Sun Times report that the Chicago Cubs and Rays were close to consummating a trade involving 27-year-old righty Matt Garza (who, yes, has officially reached OMGarza status – I’ve been very lucky that the Cubs have had so much interest in guys whose names start with a “G”).

The rumor was quickly doused by, among others, Buster Olney, Carrie Muskat, Bruce Miles, and Dave Kaplan (who had previously indicated that he was hearing the same as Gordon Wittenmyer, the author of the Sun Times report). So what do you know – even traditional media types offer rumors based on sources that don’t immediately come to fruition (so don’t castigate me when it happens to me). I have no doubt that Wittenmyer had a solid source for his story, and I have no doubt that his source had actually heard/believed the deal was close – it may have been close, and then fell apart. There’s only so much we can know for sure about these things.

Miles and Kaplan even went so far as to say that the two sides had not exchanged names. Now, I don’t know if they believe “exchanged names” to have some hyper technical meaning, but I have no doubt that the Rays have made the Cubs aware of the players they like, and the Cubs have made the Rays aware of the players they don’t want to trade. Whether that has taken the form of “exchanging names,” I can’t say. But to believe that neither side knows what players the Cubs might put on the table is pretty naive.

I reached out to my Garza source when the Sun Times report broke yesterday, and he concurred with the various other sources who are saying that (1) yes, the two sides have spoken/are speaking (adding that the Cubs are aggressively trying to make a deal), and (2) the Rays would prefer to hold onto Garza until mid-season. I think we can expect to keep hearing about Garza discussions until a deal is made, or until the season starts.

  • pfk (Peter F. Kempf)

    This is the 2011 edition of a Brian Roberts type of trade saga. By the way, I’m exchanging names with others. Its fun, try it!

    • Jeff

      I still think not getting Brian Roberts remains one of Hendry’s biggest whiffs in his tenure. Felix Pie ended up in Baltimore anyway and Sean Gallagher was the “centerpiece” player the Orioles wanted. Should have pulled the trigger Jim, and you should also learn from your mistakes.

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  • eryk

    Good thing- the rays asking price is too high

    • ed

      Amen brother

  • Serio

    Shoot ME!

  • curt

    does anyone remember all of the i cant trade or untouchables that hendry wouldnt trade that were going to someday be the cubs future,now i undertsand that the rays are asking for alot, but how many of these cant miss prospects will at anytime help the club 1,2, none , but either make the trade or dont but, decide jim hendry, one way or the other whether were trying 2 contend or rebuild , either way cub fans will support their team but we need 2 know which way its going to be, DECIDE

    • BT

      No, I can’t. Who did Hendry tell you was untradeable?

  • jonathan

    so buster olney is saying on twitter that a trade is now close and the cubs are giving up a why do i feel like we will look back on this in five years and cry a little as the rays celebrate a division title?

    • Raymond Robert Koenig

      Hendry might be about to screw up AGAIN!!!!!

      • Jeff

        Guyer, Lee, Archer, and Chirinos is the package that Bruce Levine is reporting and saying that the deal is close. The Cubs are supposed to get something back and there may be someone going from the Cubs major league roster to Tampa. I don’t really want Archer to go, this is a pretty big package of prospects.

        • Jeff

          Deal is done, according to some. 5 Cubs prospects to Tampa, Garza and two Tampa prospects to the Cubs.