CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 18: Geovany Soto #18 of the Chicago Cubs and A.J. Pierzynski #12 of the Chicago White Sox follow the flight of Soto's solo home run in the 6th inning at U.S. Cellular Field on June 18, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

MLB Trade Rumors: Geovany Soto, Reed Johnson, Paul Maholm Sent Packing Monday Night

The Chicago Cubs are aggressively shopping the veteran talent on their team ahead of the 2012 MLB trade deadline.

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Matt Garza Injury: Cubs Pitcher Removed Saturday Night With Arm Cramps

The Chicago Cubs got a scare on Saturday night when SP Matt Garza -- a major topic in the budding trade market -- left the game in the third inning due to an apparent injury. According to Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago, however, the injury should be minor:

Garza is rumored to be a trade target for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox and a number of other teams in contention. He currently sports a 3.91 ERA and 4.14 FIP through 103 and 2/3 innings in the 2012 MLB season.

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Matt Garza Trade Rumors: Red Sox Interested, But 'Lagging' In Pursuit Of Cubs Pitcher

The latest news on the SP Matt Garza trade scene suggests the Boston Red Sox may be less actively pursuing the Chicago Cubs pitcher than previously thought:

The Red Sox currently have the fifth-worst ERA in the AL (4.09 ERA) as well as a pair of starters -- SP Daisuke Matsuzaka and SP John Lackey -- on the DL, but they also have the 6th best fielding independent numbers in the league with a 4.02 FIP.

Garza currently has a 4.02 ERA and 4.16 FIP, but was one of the league's best pitchers in the 2011 MLB season.

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