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Will the Cubs move Garza?

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Will the Cubs move Garza?

With the winter meetings in Dallas a week away, the Cubs, like most of the teams in baseball have been extremely quiet as they go about laying the groundwork for a major roster overhaul.

Chatter among my baseball sources indicates that Theo Epstein and Co. are dangling starter Matt Garza as a major trade chip to acquire an infusion of youth into the organization. The Yankees, Red Sox, Rangers, Tigers and several other teams are all expected to be involved in the bidding which could net the Cubs a wealth of talent should they be willing to expand on the deal and include a veteran or two with value off of the major league roster.

One player who is in great demand around the game is left-handed setup man Sean Marshall, but sources close to hm believe that the Cubs are not interested in moving him and consider him an integral part of their bullpen.

In addition, it appears that the Cubs are also kicking the tires on 31-year-old free agent David DeJesus who hit .240 with 10 home runs and 46 RBIs with Oakland this past season. He was used in both center field and right field with the A's and during his eight years with the Kansas City Royals he also saw time in left field. He made six million dollars in 2011 and reportedly has a number of suitors and could sign a two year deal in the neighborhood of four million per season. He was very well liked in Kansas City and is considered a solid teammate and a very good hitter with below average power. However, he is a solid on base type hitter and fits in with the Cubs new approach to driving up pitch counts.

Reds pitcher Amir Garrett apparently held a grudge against Javy Baez for a year

Reds pitcher Amir Garrett apparently held a grudge against Javy Baez for a year

Baseball players don't forget grudges. Javy Baez and Reds pitcher Amir Garrett gave an example of that on Saturday.

Garrett struck out Baez in the seventh inning of the first game of the Cubs-Reds doubleheader. Garrett showed some excitement with the strikeout and then said something to Baez. They both started jawing at each other and suddenly the benches cleared.

At first glance, it looked like Garrett was a bit too excited to get a strikeout with no one on base. Turns out Baez had his own bit of swag for Garrett last year (Friday was the one-year anniversary) in the form of a grand slam at Wrigley Field.

This time Garrett got Baez and wanted to even things up a bit.

Things didn't get too feisty despite the benches clearing, but Anthony Rizzo did rush to Baez's side at some speed. This could be a matchup to keep an eye out for in the future.

Cubs Talk Podcast: The greatest Cubs moments at Great American Ballpark

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Cubs Talk Podcast: The greatest Cubs moments at Great American Ballpark

Siera Santos, Kelly Crull, and David DeJesus go into the audio archives to break down the biggest games for the Cubs in Cincinnati.

David DeJesus gives us his top 3 ballgames with such gems as The Schwarber Game, The Kris Bryant Game, Starlin Castro’s debut, and Jake Arrieta’s second no hitter.

Listen to the full Cubs Talk Podcast right here: