Fans of the both the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals will scoff at the idea, but apparently the two clubs are talking a deal for Chicago’s elite pitcher by the name of Matt Garza.
The report of the awkward deal between heated rivals comes from CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler, who also has some interesting history of the dealing between the clubs:
A Cardinals-Cubs trade would be a real rarity. The last major-league trade between the two rivals occurred almost 11 years ago, in August 2002, when Jeff Fassero was the big name going from the Cubs to the Cards.
The only other Cubs-Cardinals trade in the last 33 years was in June 1995, when Todd Zeile went from the Cardinals to the Cubs.
People familiar with the Cubs say that the Theo Epstein-Jed Hoyer braintrust wouldn’t have a problem trading within the division (and with a rival), and the feeling is that it wouldn’t bother Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak, either.
It was easy to dismiss the rumblings of a Cubs-Cardinals deal as rumors only a few days ago, but not it would be hard to do so. The Cardinals have a serious need and the Cubs may not be able to afford keeping Garza around.
Garza has recently stated he thinks it is 50-50 on whether or not he remains with the Cubs. If he somehow lands with St. Louis, he certainly won’t be far from home.
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