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Matt Garza and the Cubs have talked contract extension

Jul 8, 2013, 2:54 PM EST

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Matt Garza and the Cubs “have discussed some contract options that would keep him in Chicago” beyond this season, according to Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago.

Garza is an impending free agent who’s healthy for the first time since the middle of last season and pitching well, so the Cubs wanting to keep him around wouldn’t exactly be shocking.

Of course, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com had a similar report today as well, which suggests the Cubs are getting that information to the media. Why would they do that? Well, there’s been speculation about Garza being on the trading block for a long time now and when the Cubs are talking to other teams it would certainly help their leverage if potentially not trading Garza and instead keeping him long term was viewed as a legitimate possibility.

  1. ilovekneegrows - Jul 8, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    Surely this is to increase trade leverage. Their farm system is vastly improved, but still a few years from MLB contention; seems logical to add to it.

    • dan1111 - Jul 9, 2013 at 2:56 AM

      I could see the Cubs signing him at the right price. They signed Edwin Jackson to a significant contract during the off season. Even though rebuilding, they are still a large market team, and it looks like they intend to have a significant payroll.

      Plus, signing him would not stop them from trading him anyway later. It would be better than losing him for nothing or trading him for a package they aren’t happy with.

  2. theinconvienenttruth - Jul 8, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    Just smoke for leverage…not buying it

  3. thebadguyswon - Jul 8, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    Not buying your bullshit Theo.

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