With the fire sale 2013 edition underway, we have all been hearing constant rumors about teams that may be interested in players. Most rumors are exactly that, rumors. With the White Sox making the statement that every player on their roster is available for trade with the exceptions of Chris Sale and Paul Konerko, Chicago is going to be trade deadline headquarters this year. Lets take a look at some possibilities and just how serious they might be.
I'm going to start with what would be the biggest trade the cubs would make, it has been rumored recently that the Arizona Diamondbacks have interest in Jeff Samardzija. Samardzija however, is thought to be part of the team moving forward and is not up for grabs. Cubs brass said it would take an "overwhelming package" for samardzija to be traded. According to Buster Olney, the two sides talked briefly about a deal. The Diamondbacks brought up Samardzija, and the Cubs countered by asking for both top prospects Tyler Skaggs and Archie Bradley, and the talks stopped there. The Diamondbacks said they would not be interested in renting a pitcher like Matt Garza and losing him to free agency after the remainder of the season. So it looks like samardzija or bust with the Diamondbacks and the likelyhood of it happening is low.
Matt Garza has been pitching great lately and is a sure fire bet to be traded. Apparently there were several teams in Milwaukee scouting him during his last start, and he didn't disappoint striking out 10 and allowing 1 earned run. I've heard names like the Rangers, Giants, Orioles, Padres, and even his former team the Tampa Bay Rays. It is now thought that he could traded as soon as this weekend. Garza is likely the best starter on the market and with several teams competing to get him, someone could over pay to get him; and the cubs could get a good return.
Closer Kevin Gregg is also involved in some trade talks, with the Braves looking to be the lead horse. When it comes to Gregg anything they could get in return would be a plus. He was picked up after being released earlier this year and has been very solid for the cubs. Any return for Gregg is a job well done by Theo and company.
Scott Feldman is also on the market and is drawing interest from teams previously listed that are in the market for staring pitching. When it comes to Feldman, he has experience pitching for a successful playoff team and would be a good pick up for a team in need of a starter. Don't expect a top prospect in return but in all likelyhood he will be traded.
One last interesting note, it was reported by Bruce Levine that a possible Blockbuster deal involving the Cubs, White sox and at least one third party could be looming. The possibilities are endless if that is true. If ones things for sure p, trades are coming. Only time will tell which rumors hold to be true.