Matt Garza receives word he will likely be traded

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Cubs starter Matt Garza has been informed that he will likely be traded, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. The right-hander has emerged as the most sought-after pitcher, posting a 3.17 ERA in 11 starts since making his season debut on May 21. Garza missed the first seven weeks of the season due to a strained right lat suffered after pitchers and catchers reported in February.

Heyman lists the Rangers, Indians, Red Sox, and Cardinals as four noteworthy teams expressing interest in Garza’s services, with the Rangers and Indians being the most serious.

Also in the article, Heyman says that the Cubs and Garza attempted to work out a contract extension, but the two sides could not come to an agreement on the average annual value.

Braves sign David Hernandez

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Bill Whitehead of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Braves have signed reliever David Hernandez to a minor league contract on Sunday. He’ll report to spring training as a non-roster invitee.

Hernandez, who turns 32 years old in May, signed a minor league contract with the Giants in February. He requested and was granted his release on Friday when he learned he wasn’t making the team’s 25-man roster to open the season.

Hernandez pitched for the Phillies last year. He compiled a 3.84 ERA with an 80/32 K/BB ratio in 72 2/3 innings.

Dave Roberts: It “doesn’t make sense” for Scott Kazmir to start year in Dodgers’ rotation

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Scott Kazmir won’t begin the regular season in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Manager Dave Roberts said after Kazmir’s Cactus League outing on Sunday that it “doesn’t make sense” for the ailing Kazmir to break camp in the rotation, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. The lefty will instead rehab some more and join the rotation at a later time.

Kazmir has been battling a hip issue which has caused his mechanics to suffer. He was clocked in the low 80’s 10 days ago and wasn’t much better on Sunday afternoon.

Last season with the Dodgers, Kazmir posted a 4.56 ERA with a 134/52 K/BB ratio in 136 1/3 innings, his worst numbers since returning to the majors in 2013.