ESPN’s Jayson Stark appeared on Mike and Mike this morning, and stated flatly that, “It looks like Matt Garza is going to get traded today.” There was no hedging (other than the “looks like”), and the information came straight from an executive.

Stark, you may recall, was saying Garza was not going to be traded as recently as two days ago. He’s come around something fierce, which tells me he’s basing this on pretty solid info. He mentions the same teams we’ve been hearing – the Reds, the Rangers, and the Blue Jays – but stops short of suggesting the details of an actual deal.

In related Garza rumors, Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rangers aren’t actually all that enthused with the starting pitching options right now (which would include, probably at the top, Matt Garza). They may instead wait to see how things shake out in August, though they won’t be getting Garza then, as he’ll never clear waivers (or even make it to them on the waiver priority).

Multiple sources, and my gut, say the Reds are an odd fit at best for Garza, for a variety of reasons (tough fit in prospects, in division, money for Garza, full rotation, etc.). That said, Jon Heyman chimes in that Garza is believed to be in play for the Reds.

UPDATE: Nick Cafardo reports that, “at this hour,” the Red Sox are not involved in Matt Garza talks. I don’t really understand it, myself, as they are still very much in contention, and could really use a guy like Garza. But, then again, some Red Sox personnel were saying a week ago that Garza wouldn’t really be an upgrade over what they already have …

UPDATE 2 (at 11:12am CT): Hooray for simultaneously updating posts. Jon Heyman reports that the Rangers are in discussions with the Cubs about Garza, and he says there’s a chance of a deal, but a source told him it was “doubtful.” The Cubs are almost certainly insisting on one of the big three – Mike Olt, Martin Perez, or Jurickson Profar – and the Rangers are, understandably, blanching.

UPDATE 3 (at 11:17am CT): Wow. Nick Cafardo followed up his earlier tweet by saying that the Red Sox were one of a few teams that dropped out of the Garza race because of the triceps injury, but that “Garza will go though.” Wow.

UPDATE 4 (at 12:00pm CT): Ken Rosenthal reports that the Diamondbacks’ brass is at an all hands on deck meeting, and he speculates it’s about picking up a pitcher to counter the moves of the Dodgers and Giants. No indication that it’s Garza, mind you, but they definitely have the pieces to make it happen.

UPDATE 5 (at 12:33pm CT): Buster Olney drops the Justin Upton bomb, which you had to know someone would do at some point. “Diamondbacks working hard on something big, and a Garza/Upton framework makes sense for both Cubs and Diamondbacks.” Before you get nutty, remember: the Cubs are reportedly one of four teams on Upton’s no-trade list. That would be a big hold-up.

UPDATE 6 (at 12:39pm CT): Jon Morosi says the Rays and Rangers have re-engaged in James Shields trade talks. I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that the Rangers prefer Shields to Garza, even though you could make the case that Garza is presently the better pitcher.

UPDATE 7 (at 12:46pm CT): A baseball source tells Steve Gilbert that there’s nothing to Garza/Upton. There never was.

UPDATE 8 (at 1:03pm CT): Ken Rosenthal just reported on MLBN that Diamondbacks pitching prospect Patrick Corbin has been scratched from his start today, and the panel went nuts speculating that it’s Matt Garza related. Nothing firm there in the least.

UPDATE 9 (at 1:17pm CT): We suspected it, but Bruce Levine confirms: the Blue Jays and Rangers were on hand to scout Garza’s bullpen session yesterday.

UPDATE 10 (at 2:30pm CT): Danny Knobler confirms that the Diamondbacks have considered Garza. Things have gone awfully quiet on the Garza front, though, obviously.

  • Boogens

    3:00 PM CST can’t come fast enough.

    • LWeb23


      (That’s what Brett Said)

      • Internet Random


        (very funny)

  • Mike S

    Anyway we could squeeze Skaggs from Arizona in a deal for Garza??

    • Frank

      I didn’t know Boz was available . . .

    • ETS

      Maybe if we throw in castro 😉

  • Katie

    Fire sale! Deal them all. The rest of the season is going to be ugly though!

    • MichiganGoat

      I have a feeling that Theo is planning to do exactly that, he wants to clean house and everyone not named Rizzo or Castro is on the block.

  • Mick

    Brett, you’re the man, YOU CAN DO IT!!!

  • Mr. Gonzo

    I’m beginning to think Dempster isn’t dealt at all and Garza and maybe Soriano are gone by the deadline.

    • Grant

      No need for a deadline deal for Soriano – he’ll clear waivers, and if not, we get a return a million times better than any prospect we’d get for him, namely, $36 million.

      • Leo L

        i agree, so much going on right now that (unless there is a package deal) a soriano deal is finalized until after the this deadline. details of that trade could be postponed.

  • Andrewmoore4isu

    Jays please

  • andrew

    the next 4 hours will be remembered as the building blocks of a world championship on the north side. very exciting times indeed

    • Steve

      Andrew, I was thinking the exact same thing when we “traded” Demp to Atl. I was all emotional thinking Ryan sacrificed his comfort for the well being of the Cubs future.
      Oh well..

  • Michael McGrath

    This is a total fantasy baseball type trade but…

    Garza and Dempster and Camp to Rangers for Olt and 2 top pitching prospects and a fringe guy

    Or same two to arizona for upton and 2 pitchers

    • MichiganGoat

      I think it would take more to get Olt but you never know.

    • Mdel78

      Cubs are on Upton’s no trade list. He could agree, but my guess is that will only happen if the Cubs throw a ton of money his way, which I doubt considering where they are at in the rebuilding process.

      • Rizzo44

        Can you imagine a lineup of Jackson, Castro, Rizzo, Upton, LaHair, Clevenger/Castillo, Barney, and a 3B?

  • Steve

    “You mean like, one in a hundred???’

    “More like one in a million…”

    ‘So, you’re saying there’s a chance….Oh, I read ya….”

    • dreese

      What are the chances of a girl like me and a guy like you ending up together?

      • EQ76

        I’ll tell ya where we’ll go. Someplace warm. A place where the beer flows like wine. Where beautiful women instinctively flock like the salmon of Capistrano. I’m talkin’ bout a little place called Asssssspen.

        • Hawkeye

          “I thought the Rocky Mountains would be bit rockier?”

          “Yeah, that John Denver’s full of shit, man.”

          • Steve

            My wife asked me the other day, as she walk in on me watching this movie for the 999th time…”How can you watch that over and over ???”
            I said…” How can you not??”

            • EQ76

              amen to that.. best comedy ever! hopefully they do make the sequel like they’ve been rumored.. apparently Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels signed on and Jim backed out recently due to things taking too long and dragging on and on.. maybe, somehow, Dempster is at fault for that too…

  • Mysterious4th

    Tigers are looking for a middle of the order hitter, ya think they might be interested in soriano?

    • Mdel78

      I was wondering the same when I read it. Seems like a fit, especially if we eat some $$, but I wonder if Sori is interested in Detroit. Either way, I’m sure he will clear waivers, so I’m not completely upset if they don’t move him today.

      • Mysterious4th

        I think he would accept it. There’s a ton of talent in their line up and with fielder and cabrera they’d want to pitch to him. He’d be a great fit.

  • Fastball

    Marlins are trying to trade Carlos Lee to the Tigers!!! LOL… The Tigers must have a new standard for body fat if you want to be on their team. If Bill Veck owned that team they would be wearing softball uni’s. Maybe the beer league look is the new look for baseball. Your players to be fat from now on.

    • Mysterious4th

      I bet they’d have to hire a seperate cook for lee, fielder, cabrera! Still think soriano would be a great dh fit for them.

      • EQ76

        maybe they could bring back Carlos Silva too!

        • Jack Weiland

          Carlos Silva time!

  • FromFenwayPahk

    “He’s come around something fierce, which tells me he’s basing this on pretty solid info.”
    Brett’s Source-ery.
    Brett is like Scotty, who could determine the speed of the Starship Enterprise by the vibration of the floorboards. Brett might be a little young for it, but he seems a little geeky, too, so the old Star Trek reference fits him, I think.

    • Wilbur

      “..the deflector shields are at full power … They can’t take much more of this. …”

  • Mat B

    I don’t understand the fascination with Upton. We’ve been screaming about Soriano’s defense his entire time with the Cubs, yet everyone wants a right fielder who committed 13 errors last year. He also has seasons with 11 and 12 errors. Yes, he produces offensively, but haven’t we learned that pitching and defense wins? In my mind, he is Soriano only younger.

    • Tommy

      Upton’s age and offensive skills are a tad more favorable than Soriano’s. I think that is probably the reason.

      • Mat B

        I don’t see it happening, but if the Cubs were to get him, I would hope that he would respond to McKay’s coaching as well as Soriano has.

    • hansman1982

      um, Soriano has 0 errors this year, Castro has 14. Does that make Soriano a better defender than Castro?

    • Drew7

      “but haven’t we learned that pitching and defense wins?”

      -must have missed that class

  • chm52

    So if we do trade both Demp and Garza, what is the roation going to be? Shark, Germano Wood, Volstad? wow thats ugly

    • Ari Gold

      I actually love that rotation. That should get us an easy top 5 pick in this next years draft to continue stockpiling talent.

      • North Side Irish

        Which needs to be the focus of this season. Cubs are currently drafting 5th, but that rotation could move them up quickly. Astros are already 9.5 “up” on the Cubs, so they may not be catchable at this point…

  • Dan

    IF he gets dealt, the Cubs better get something awesome in return.
    Maholm is gone and Dempster could be gone……if Garza leaves, then it is going to be a much longer and tougher season. (Not that it was great to begin with).

    • MichiganGoat

      who cares about this season, clean house and lets see what we have and get this rebuild going full time

      • Katie


        • Jack Weiland

          Yup. I was just commenting to a friend … the Cubs rotation after today could be: Samardzija, Wood, Volstad, Coleman and Germano. It’s like a dog that is so ugly you find it kind of cute.

          • cjdubbya

            They’ve also been stretching out Rule 5 guy Lendy Castillo (albeit in AZ), and he has to be on the MLB roster for a while yet this year.

            Good to have options*!

            * – I’m not saying MLB-caliber options, just saying starting options

            • Brett

              Excellent point.

        • Da Cubs


  • donnie kessinger

    The kiss of death…. nobody going nowhere.

  • Ogyu

    Unless Jayson Stark is the Assman, I’m not impressed.

    • Jack Weiland

      Bleacher Nation goal: get an Assman rumor on MLBtraderumors …

      • dabynsky

        citing the rumor as from assman22 of BleacherNation comments board…

        • Jack Weiland


        • Jack Weiland

          Assman22 says “things are heating up” between the Cubs and Dodgers regarding Ryan Dempster …

      • Ogyu

        Great idea.

  • ChiTown

    Remember when dale said the Cubs won’t be trading Maholm, Garza, and Demp this deadline? Lol. Very strong possibility of that happening now

  • koyiehillsucks

    Im against the garza trade, unless its top notch prospects I dont see the value in trading a solid #2 starter who is 27/28 years old.

    • willis

      I 100 billion percent agree. He’s a building block. Shouldn’t be a trade chip unless the return is ridiculous.

    • Frank

      I agree as well.

    • Grant

      Would be nice to have a SP who can field his position and throw somewhere other than over home plate…

      • koyiehillsucks

        Volstad can throw to first, you want him out there instead of Garza?

  • Patrick W.

    Couple of predictions: Headed to Chicago today with Casey Coleman: Castillo and Cardenas (neither starting today for Iowa, Cardenas on a tear and enough OF options (Campana, Baker, Mather) and Soriano not likely dealt today.

    • Jack Weiland

      Lost in all this: I’m excited to see Castillo get regular at bats with the big club.

      • Austin

        uhm? At Bats? Castillo?

        • Jack Weiland


          • Austin

            Sorry about that, I just got done reading a story about Lendy Castillo and had him on my mind. Completly forgot about Wellington.

            • Jack Weiland

              Ha, I completely forgot about Lendy! So many Castillos, so little time.

  • nick cafardo

    I am a genius.

  • #1lahairfan

    True that knew he was going to get traded.

  • dudeski

    Evan Massey ‏@EMasseyReport
    The #DBacks, #BlueJays, #Reds, and #Rangers have all made trade offers to the #Cubs for Matt Garza. Deal continues to move closer.

  • Serious Cubs Fan

    Nick Carfardo is full of a bunch Red sox bs spin. Guy is just pan of the red sox bullshit

  • Tim

    I’m going to name my first child Brett..

    • beerhelps

      hopefully you don’t have a girl …. who am I kidding, name her Brett anyway…

      • Tim

        My thoughts exactly..

  • MB allbearsbullscubs

    Brett Hats off to you. The coverage so far has been amazing.

    • Brett

      Thanks. This is freaking nuts.

  • Steve

    Garza to Rangers for Bucknel…and a couple of B’s

    Do it and lets move on.

    • Full Monty

      Good grief, do you have an autographed jockstrap of his? You’ve posted this everyday for a week…we get it!

      • Steve

        Well…if they’d do it, I’d quit saying it!

      • stillmisskennyhubbs

        Besides, it’s Buckel

  • anotherjp

    Pence to the Giants. Don’t be surprised if Sori isn’t still pursued along with Dempster to the Dodgers. Also can still see Marmol to the Giants to counter the Dodgers pickup of Brandon League.

    • dudeski

      where would they play soriano? they have victorino, kemp, and ethier

  • Master Dan

    UPDATE 45678 (at 11:25am CT): A source from above has reported that Garza is indeed not excited about throwing a pie in Jeff’s face but instead is suffering from constipation.


  • quintz

    Dempster to Dodgers via Jim Bowden. I may be late to the party. If I am, ignore me, like my wife.