UPDATE: The Rangers have acquired Matt Garza.
Last week, everyone in the baseball world assumed that Matt Garza was headed to Texas. The experts thought that Garza had thrown his last pitch in a Cubs uniform and would soon be contending for postseason play with the Rangers. Fast forward to Monday, Chicago’s number one starter and most valuable trade chip is scheduled to pitch a 9:40 PM game in Arizona against the Diamondbacks.
There’s been a ton of interest in Garza over the past few weeks. The Rangers, Pirates, Red Sox, Diamondbacks, Cardinals, Indians, Dodgers and even Blue Jays were also previously linked to trade rumors. On Sunday, the Chicago Sun-Times’ Gordon Whittenmyer threw out another potential suitor, the Baltimore Orioles.
And some industry sources believe Baltimore, which already picked off Scott Feldman from the Cubs and continues to scout the Cubs on this trip, could be a sleeper team for Garza.
This morning, I wrote about the possibility of Joe Saunders coming back to Baltimore. Saunders would be a much cheaper option for Dan Duquette and the Orioles front office. Garza, who is a free agent after the 2013 season, would command top tier talent.