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Cubs plan to talk extension with Matt Garza

Feb 28, 2012, 10:21 PM EDT

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The rebuilding Cubs reportedly explored the possibility of trading Matt Garza over the winter, but the club is now considering keeping him in the fold for the long haul.

According to David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com, Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer confirmed earlier today that they plan to discuss a contract extension with the 28-year-old right-hander.

“We have a good relationship with Matt,” GM Jed Hoyer told Comcast SportsNet. “We need more Matt Garzas. We’ll sit down to talk to him about a deal. We’re hoping to get something worked out, but you never know and we’ll keep it private when we do.”

Garza remains under team control through the 2013 season. He avoided arbitration with the Cubs last month by agreeing to a one-year, $9.5 million contract. Garza could become trade bait again if the two sides fail to make progress on a deal, but he told Kaplan that he would be open to the idea of sticking around.

“It’s awesome,” he said. “What player doesn’t want the front office to commit to them? For me, it’s nothing but compliments. The way it goes is the way it goes. It’ll be behind closed doors. It’s huge for me. It would be huge for my family…I’m ready to help the Cubs win.”

Garza established new career-bests last season with a 3.32 ERA and 197 strikeouts. He owns a 3.83 ERA over his first six major-league seasons.

  1. larryboodry - Feb 28, 2012 at 11:59 PM

    Here’s hoping they do sign him to an extension.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Feb 29, 2012 at 11:32 AM

      No kidding, I love Garza.

      • diehardcubbiefan4life - Feb 29, 2012 at 12:09 PM

        So do I. Love how he gets pumped up and excited and he’s a got a great attitude. He’s always cheering on his teammates as well. Oh yeah, and he’s a pretty good pitcher too. He’s kinda like how I wanted Z to turn out.

  2. istillbelieveinblue - Feb 29, 2012 at 7:50 AM

    Garza is an amazing asset for the Cubs. He’s a young, top-of-the-rotation starter under team control for 2 more seasons. He should have good trade value whether he has a long term contract or not. If Jed and Theo can’t find a good trade, they just keep him and have a cornerstone in the rotation to build around.

  3. shawon0meter - Feb 29, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Definitely want this guy signed with the Cubs long-term. Besides being young and our best starter by a mile, he acts like the biggest fan in the dugout on his off days. Constantly cheering guys on and picking them up. Must be a great clubhouse guy.

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