The Cubs have been pushing other teams for their last, best offers, sources say, with theTexas Rangers long thought to be the team with the most reason to be aggressive and the team most likely to make the deal (and now probably the closest). Martin Perez is a finished product and in the big leagues, and he is a major league ready pitcher who would probably create the most splash for the Cubs.
But given the realities of the marketplace, the Cubs are more likely to get C.J. Edwards, a former 48th-round pick who has had an excellent season in Class A -- where he has 122 strikeouts in 93 1/3 innings, with a 1.83 ERA -- or Luke Jackson, another young pitcher who is more advanced but is also still probably two years away from pitching in the big leagues. These are two players who don’t necessarily have the buzz among casual fans that Perez does.
That's from Buster Olney. I'd give up Edwards or Jackson if it didn't cost anything else of note.