There are other potential trade partners, though the Cubs appear to have the inside track.
Officials from the Tampa Bay Rays and Chicago Cubs met for the second time during the winter meetings on Wednesday night to discuss the parameters of a trade that would send right-handed pitcher Matt Garza to Chicago for a number of the Cubs' top prospects, according to multiple sources.
Both the Milwaukee Brewers and Texas Rangers have also had meetings with Tampa about Garza, a major-league source said. It appears, however, that the Cubs have the strongest bid at this point.
A major-league source told ESPNChicago.com that Milwaukee is talking to Carl Pavano about a three-year contract.