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Matt Garza “is bracing for a trade” before July 31

Jul 10, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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I speculated Monday that the sudden influx of “Matt Garza and the Cubs have talked contract extension” reports were mostly the Cubs attempting to use the media to generate some negotiating leverage for an inevitable trade.

Garza was asked about the situation and pegged the chances of agreeing to an extension at “50-50” but according to Patrick Mooney of “Privately, Garza is bracing for a trade and expects to be in a new city soon, perhaps well in advance of the July 31 non-waiver deadline.”

Garza’s elbow problems had the potential to wreck his trade value, but since returning from the disabled list he’s gone 5-1 with a 3.22 ERA in 10 starts, including 4-0 with a 0.97 ERA in his last 37 innings.

  1. unclemosesgreen - Jul 10, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    As Garza braces for a trade the Cubs brace for a pre-trade injury or post-trade medical exam failure.

    • rocketsteadman - Jul 10, 2013 at 10:34 AM


      /throws peanuts at unclemosesgreen

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 10, 2013 at 10:38 AM

        /ducks behind peanut shield I set up before for historio

      • rocketsteadman - Jul 10, 2013 at 10:39 AM

        damn. foiled by the peanut shield

  2. specialkindofstupid - Jul 10, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    From the Cubs standpoint, Garza is on a roll at the perfect time.* He should bring in a nice trade package for them.

    *Well, actually, the perfect time for the Cubs would have been in October 2003. But Garza wasn’t even in the majors, much less on the Cubs roster, at that time. So this point in time will have to do.

  3. baseballbum - Jul 10, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Baseball gods, please let it be the Redsox that get him. They can not afford to give away any more games.

  4. twilson962 - Jul 10, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    RIZZO!! DAVEY!!! DO THE RIGHT THING! Get this guy!

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