Matt Garza expects to be traded

Updated: July 20, 2013, 12:52 AM ET
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The Chicago Cubs told Matt Garza's agent that they would trade the right-hander to add inventory for the future, Garza told ESPNChicago.com's Bruce Levine on Friday.

"They told my agent [earlier in the week] that they were going to move me," Garza said. "They said as much as they like me they need to add inventory for the future. I want to stay, but that doesn't seem possible now."

The Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians and Toronto Blue Jays have been told to make their final bids for the pitcher, sources told Levine. Fox Sports reported late Thursday that the Rangers are closing in on a deal for Garza.

Garza said he was originally scheduled to pitch on Saturday against the Colorado Rockies but was told by the Cubs he will start on Monday against the Arizona Diamondbacks instead if he's not traded first.

Reports last week said the Cubs and Garza's camp talked about a contract extension, but the pitcher said that doesn't appear to be an option.

"There really was not another offer on a contract at this point," Garza said.

Texas has coveted Garza, who can become a free agent at the end of the season, for the past four seasons. The teams almost agreed to a deal for Garza last year, but he injured his elbow in a late July start and did not pitch again until May 2013. Rangers third-base prospect Mike Olt was one of those players talked about the last time around and will be in the mix again if a deal between the two is made. The Cubs asked for pitcher Martin Perez and were turned down by the Rangers, according to a source.

Cleveland needs a top-of-the-rotation pitcher to make a run at the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central. The Cubs have made it known that they want third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall in return, according to sources. Chisenhall, 24, has underachieved for the Indians, batting .243 with six home runs and 25 RBIs, but he has made some strides lately, batting .270 in June and .289 in July. The Cubs might have to expand the deal by sending a major league infielder back to Cleveland if Chisenhall is dealt.

The Dodgers have offered starting pitching for Garza but not their two top prospects, according to sources. Los Angeles recently fortified its rotation by trading for pitcher Ricky Nolasco.

Garza believes his soon-to-be former team is headed in the right direction.

"I don't think we are far away from winning," Garza said. "You look at our pitchers and the competitive way of the team. That is not my call. It looks like I will be pitching elsewhere soon."

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