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Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Sources: Garza trade not imminent

By Bruce Levine

There is no trade imminent between the Chicago Cubs and Tampa Bay Rays for pitcher Matt Garza, according to major league sources.

Although the Cubs remain interested in Garza, the team has talked to other clubs about pitching availability, including the Rays.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported Wednesday that the Cubs and Rays are close on a deal to send Garza to the Cubs. ESPN.com The Magazine's Buster Olney tweeted Wednesday morning that the Rays are more likely to trade Garza this summer, rather than right now, citing a "well-placed source."

After signing pitcher Brandon Webb and agreeing on a multi-year contract with third baseman Adrian Beltre, it appears the Texas Rangers are no longer involved in the Garza trade talks, according to a major league source.

The Rays have no timetable on Garza, who will make somewhere between $5-$6 million in arbitration this season. Any team that acquires Garza, 27, would have his services for three years before he becomes a free agent.

Tampa Bay is known to be asking for numerous top prospects from any team interested in Garza.

Garza, the 2008 ALCS MVP, went 15-10 with a 3.91 ERA in 204 2/3 innings last season.