Talked with some industry people tonight regarding the Cubs and the upcoming trading deadline.
I was mostly trying to gauge the market for Matt Garza, after John discussed reports of several potential suitors for the Cubs pitcher. I'm hearing it would be an upset if Garza wasn't moved ahead of the deadline. I asked one NL talent evaluator (whose team has been mentioned as serious suitors) about their interest in Garza.
They like him plenty, but they do still have some reservations regarding his health. It turns out not everyone is ready to consider Garza 100% healthy. This particular team is looking to fill multiple holes. I of course asked if any other Cubs would be of interest.
“Many," he readily replied.
We already know that Garza, Nate Schierholtz, James Russell, Kevin Gregg, and Scott Feldman will receive plenty of interest. It seems to many in the league that the Cubs have the most attractive pieces to sell on the market.
A NL scout tells me Scott Feldman would make a real nice addition to the back end of anyone’s rotation. There will be much interest, and the Cubs are motivated to move him.
One team to watch with Feldman I’m told is San Francisco. Feldman apparently likes the Giants as a potential destination. Not that Feldman has any Ryan Dempster powers or anything. It could be a good fit regardless, as the interest is mutual.
The Cubs will have some decisions to make on just how much of sellers they are. There will be plenty of talk between now and the July 31st deadline.
From what I hear, a lot of it will stem from incoming calls to Jed Hoyer’s phone.
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