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A tandem move with a theoretical Paul Maholm signing? It’s fair to wonder.

Tonight, Dave Kaplan is reporting that the Chicago Cubs and Detroit Tigers are “down the road in discussions” about a deal that would send Matt Garza to the Tigers for prospects. There are no details from there at this time.

The Tigers, among many other teams, have long been in discussions with the Cubs about Garza, but, until now, it would have been difficult to characterize those discussions as advanced. In fact, I’ve been told that the Tigers have been at the table, and then away from the table, and then back to the table, and then away from the table, before this report.

While I have no reason to doubt Kaplan’s report – he’s been exceptional with this kind of stuff lately – I should caution that the Cubs are believed to be having discussions with a number of teams about Garza presently, and are holding firm to a very high asking price. These kind of trade talks, as you’ve seen, can drag out for a very long time, only for nothing to ultimately happen, and then both sides deny the talks ever took place.

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