It is all but official—Chicago Cubs‘ ace Matt Garza is going to be traded, and possible as early as the end of this week. But to where? The Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Cardinals, Toronto Blue Jays and Boston Red Sox have all been mentioned as possible trade partners.
We’re just now hearing that the Arizona Cardinals may have an interest in trading for Garza as well.
The revelation comes from ESPN’s Jim Bowden via Twitter:
Texas, Washington, Boston, Arizona and Colorado are all in on Garza and to a lesser extent Cleveland
— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) July 16, 2013
That’s a curve. The Blue Jays and Rangers have long been considered the front-runners to land Garza. Heck, even the rival Cardinals have been considered somewhat of a dark-horse in the race, especially with the wealth of injuries and available cap room with Albert Pujols gone.
But the Diamondbacks? This is a first. Multiple other outlets have confirmed Bowden’s report is the fist tine Arizona’s names has come up in trade rumors.
Right now it’s hard to tell how seriously the Diamondbacks should be taken when it comes to Garza, but the team could certainly use the extra arm. Stay tuned, as we have a feeling this is not the last time you’ll be hearing about the Diamondbacks and Garza.
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