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Cubs Rumors: Talking Garza with Rangers; Prince Fielder; Ian Stewart

SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 27:  Matt Garza #17 of the Chicago Cubs pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park on September 27, 2011 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 27: Matt Garza #17 of the Chicago Cubs pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park on September 27, 2011 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
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We've been reading and reporting that any discussion of a Matt Garza trade is likely futile unless Epstein can extract major, major pieces with which to rebuild his ideal Cubs, but that doesn't stop the rumors. The current hot rumor is a potential Cubs/Rangers deal sending Garza to Texas in exchange for top prospects.

Other Cubs rumors have the team (still) interested in Prince Fielder, which makes sense to Jon Heyman, since Fielder is only 27 and Epstein could build around his bat -- while Albert Pujols would be a giant contract on an aging player:

  • Chicago Cubs have talked Matt Garza with Texas Rangers, source says - Bruce Levine
    "According to the source, the Cubs are seeking top-tier prospects from Texas in order to consider trading Garza, who was 10-10 with a 3.32 ERA last season. Garza is under contract and arbitration eligible for the next two years. He made $5.9 million this past season. His salary is expected to be somewhere between $8 million to $9 million in arbitration this year."
  • Twitter / @ESPNChiCubs - "Rangers and cubs conversations on Matt Garza for top prospects . No match yet"
  • Twitter / @DKnobler - "Rangers are indeed trying for Garza (as they did last yr)."
  • Twitter / @Jon_Heyman - "#cubs told at least 1 team that would need to be overwhelmed to even consider trading garza."

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