The Texas Rangers appear to the be the team leading the way as far as acquiring Matt Garza from the Chicago Cubs goes, at least if the majority of MLB trade rumors in the past few days have been correct.
Texas had a major need and plenty of prospects to strike a deal with Chicago, but one major question keeps popping up about a potential deal—will the Rangers part with Martin Perez to gain Garza?
MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan sure doesn’t think so:
The Rangers are interested in Matt Garza but they are not going to give up Martin Perez. That’s not going to happen. Maybe Neil Ramirez or Carlos Pimentel, maybe infielder Leury Garcia or Luis Sardinas.
Many have suggested the 22-year-old rising star is going to be the critical piece the Rangers have to move in order to get Garza, but as Sullivan points out, it’s a hefty price to pay.
The Rangers could give the Cubs a variety of additional talent rather than giving up Perez, but it’s going to be hard to gauge which will actually hurt the Rangers more in the long run.
If the Rangers truly want to remain the favorite, bringing Perez into the conversation may be the only way.
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