July 19 notes: Garza, Rios, A. Ramirez^2
With no trade yet completed, right-hander Matt Garza arrived with the Cubs in Denver on Friday to open the second half. The Rangers remain the favorite to land the righty and, although no deal has been reported as of late Friday afternoon, MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan writes the Rangers would like to get one done in time for Garza to pitch on Saturday.
One of Texas’ biggest chips is third baseman Mike Olt, MLB.com’s 19th overall prospect. Here’s part of what he told MLB.com’s Mastesr Tesfatsion on Thursday night about the rumors:
“Whatever happens, I’m in a good spot. If Texas needs something, they’re going to do whatever they can to win a championship. They’re going to get it. If I’m part of that piece, then the next team I’ll have an opportunity to play there. That’s something that I look forward to if I get an opportunity like that. If not, then I’m in a good spot with Texas. I have to be up there and contribute and help them win.”
The Red Sox, thought by some to also be in the Garza derby, appear out because of their unwillingness to deal prospects, according to WEEI.com.
– The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo tweeted Friday the Red Sox have, however, scouted White Sox outfielder Alex Rios and Philadelphia infielder Michael Young.
– Cafardo also tweets the Red Sox and Yankees will have scouts watching Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez when he returns from the disabled list Monday.
– Along with the Red Sox, CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman reports the Pirates also are looking at Rios and also could be interested in White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez.
– Finally, it appears the Tim Lincecum trade rumors can be put to rest. Giants general manager Brian Sabean said on his KNBR-AM radio show: “I expect Timmy to be in a Giant uniform. I find it hard to believe that he’d pitch elsewhere this year.”
– Cash Kruth