Bruce Levine ESPN Chicago held a chat yesterday in which he said “[Matt] Garza is the guy [the Cubs] are after.” He later added that the Cubs are also interested in Fausto Carmona from the Indians, but that Garza is the more pitcher to be acquired in a trade.
What is interesting here is that the Cubs still think they have a shot at Garza. So while the Rays insist they don’t like the offers that are out there, the Cubs must feel they are at least close enough to keep the talks alive.
Levine insists the deal is not dead and that the Cubs have Garza at the top of their wishlist. He goes on to say that the Cubs “are going to be in it all the way.”
The biggest problem with this matchup is that most believe the Cubs don’t have the prospects to get the deal done. Levine says the Rays will insist on Hak-Ju Lee in the deal. Lee is a 19-year old shortstop that hit .282 with a .354 OBP at single-A this past season.
The Cubs may have to work out a second deal with a third team in order to add a prospect or two to the deal. If that happens, Garza could be gone sooner rather than later.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Shawn Riggans has signed a minor league deal with the Brewers. [JSOnline]
- Ken Davidoff says the Yankees are not targeting Matt Garza as a trade option. [Twitter]
- Former Rays minor leaguer Winston Abreu has signed with the Blue Jays. [USA Today]
- TSA, the group that oversees sports arenas in Tampa, will not get involved in the Rays stadium situation. The big fear appears to be “legal barriers.” [St. Pete Times]
- One fan’s take on Carl Crawford’s departure. [The Lawn Chair Boys]