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July 19, 2013

Rangers, Cubs continue work toward Matt Garza deal

Nothing has been finalized yet as the Rangers and Cubs work toward a deal for Matt Garza. Some with the Rangers thought the deal was going to be completed Thursday night.

That would have allowed Garza to pitch for the Rangers on Saturday in place of Ross Wolf, but Garza reportedly threw his scheduled bullpen session Friday at Coors Field. Neil Ramirez, who is said to be part of the package of prospects headed to Chicago, has not been scratched from his start for Double A Frisco.

MLB Network has reported that the Rangers and Cubs have exchanged medical reports on the six players involved in the deal, and Triple A third baseman Mike Olt has been identified as one of the four players in the deal. Ramirez, High A shortstop Luis Sardinas and Low A right-hander C.J. Edwards have also been mentioned in the deal.

A second player would likely be coming from the Cubs along with Garza.  The Rangers have been seeking a right-handed bat.

"We know what's being discussed," manager Ron Washington said. "I'll get excited if what we're talking about comes to fruition. I'll scream and holler and jump over my desk if something happens."

The Rangers have five starters -- Colby Lewis, Matt Harrison, Yu Darvish, Alexi Ogando and Nick Tepesch -- on the disabled list. Darvish and Ogando are expected to start Monday and Tuesday. Tepesch and Lewis likely won't be available until mid-August, and Harrison is hoping for late August.

Garza, who is a free agent after this season,  is 63-62 with a 3.80 ERA in eight seasons with three different teams, and is only 2-3 with a 6.04 ERA at Rangers Ballpark.

But Garza, 29, allowed one earned run over six innings for Tampa Bay in Arlington during the 2010 American League Division Series. He was MVP of the AL Championship Series in 2008 and is 3-2 with a 2.48 ERA in his postseason career.

-- Jeff Wilson



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