CHICAGO, IL (The Spread) - Will the Chicago Cubs trade "ace" Matt Garza before the MLB trade deadline on July 31st? The odds suggest that they will.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the odds that the Cubs will deal Garza before the July 31st deadline are -250 for and +170 against, indicating that the club will deal him at some point this month. Garza is currently 5-1 with a 3.22 ERA with 58 strike outs and a 1.07 WHIP.
The latest on the trade front regarding Garza is that CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported that the Indians have held discussions about the Chicago starter, although Cleveland is also reportedly interested in the Brewers' Yovani Gallardo as well. The Tribe have a need for a top-of-the-rotation starter, although they're also willing to stand pat with internal options if they can't net a big name.
Not only has Cleveland scouted Garza, but so have the Dodgers according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today. The Cubs did engage in long-term contract talks with Garza earlier this week but that may have been a smokescreen to drive up the interest in the 29-year-old. The Red Sox, Blue Jays, Orioles and Nationals have also been connected with the right-hander.
The Cubs have played well of late, winning seven of their last 10 games to get to eight games below .500. But they remain 14 games back of the Cardinals in the NL Central and will be sellers at the trade deadline, just as they were last week when they dealt starter Scott Feldman to Baltimore.