Matt Garza was scheduled to pitch for the Cubs tonight, WAS. Per Ken Rosenthal the Cubs have scratched the available right hander from tonight’s start because a trade with the Rangers is very close, stay tuned as we might have a deal to announce shortly.
Today’s hot, well tepid, rumor of the day is a report out of Boston saying that the Cubs are interested in Ryan Sweeney. Per BostonHerald.com writer Michael Silverman the Red Sox and Cubs have been discussing a deal that would bring Garza or Dempster to Boston in exchange for Ryan Sweeney and other players.
“The Cubs are believed to be listening to offers for two of their starting pitchers: Matt Garza and Ryan Dempster. Sweeney would have to be part of a much larger package if either of those pitchers, particularly Garza, went to the Red Sox. . . .”
It’s an odd name to pop up in this discussion given the fact that the Cubs goal is to stock the system with prospects, specifically pitchers in any deal involving Dempster or Garza, and Sweeney is not a pitcher and not a prospect per say at 27 years old. Maybe Theo and Jed see something, or maybe they are targeting a 2013 outfielder. It could make sense, take it for what it’s worth, it’s just the start of a crazy month of rumors.
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