The Texas Rangers and Chicago Cubs are discussing a trade that would send starting pitcher Matt Garza to Texas, Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi reported Thursday.
Citing major-league sources, Rosenthal and Morosi reported that the two teams have had "extensive talks" and discussed the "framework" of a deal. The report mentions other teams that are still interested — the Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox, Arizona Diamondbacks, St. Louis Cardinals, and Cleveland Indians — but says that the Rangers are the "most motivated."
ESPN.com reported last Sunday that the Rangers were the clear "front-runners" for Garza. They have had interest in trading for him since 2011.
The 29-year-old Garza, who has been injury prone especially over the past year, remains the lone front-line starter available ahead of the July 31 trade deadline. In 11 starts this season, Garza is 6-1 with a 3.17 ERA with the Cubs. He has 62 strikeouts in just 71 innings pitched.
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