The Chicago Cubs are in full rebuild mode, and the quickest way to rebuild is to sell off as many veteran pieces as possible. Matt Garza, Alfonso Soriano, David DeJesus, Nate Schierholtz and Dioner Navarro could all be dealt by the July 31 MLB non-waiver trade deadline.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have been linked to a few of these players in the past two seasons. This season, it appears the team has legitimate interest in Garza and Schierholtz in particular. It was reported by the Chicago Tribune last week that the Pirates were “studying deals” involving Schierholtz and Chicago White Sox outfielder Alex Rios.
According to CSNChicago.com’s David Kaplan, the Pirates are one of the strongest pursuers of Garza as well. Other teams involved in the Garza sweepstakes include the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals.
From all the reports that have been floated around, the Rangers seem to be the clear-cut favorite for Garza. Texas has one of the best farm systems and making a deal for Garza wouldn’t be too difficult. It wouldn’t cripple the team’s future either.
The Pirates are a surprise name to see in the Garza rumors because their pitching staff has been one of the best in all of MLB this season, but their offense has been awful. One would believe the Pirates should be more interested in adding an impact bat or two to the lineup rather than a top-of-the-line starting pitcher.
However, if they wish to acquire two impact bats and Garza, I don’t think Pirates fans would be opposed to that.