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Cubs general manager avoids war of words with Matt Garza

May 2, 2014, 4:47 PM EDT

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Matt Garza made headlines last week for advising Cubs right-hander Jeff Samardzija to follow in his footsteps and “pitch your way out of there” to leave Chicago.

Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer was asked about those comments today and mostly declined to take the bait, telling Patrick Mooney of

Garza got his payday. He’s on a team that’s winning. I guess he feels like he’s in a position right now to make comments. It’s on us now to flip that script, to show that we’re a place that people want to be, to show that we’re a winning organization.

It doesn’t really bother me. Being traded is a hard thing, emotionally, for people. Even in a situation like that where we had a good relationship with him, there’s probably a feeling of rejection, for lack of a better word. People say emotional things when asked about it, because there’s probably some resentment they’re harboring.

It’s worth noting that the Brewers are Garza’s fifth team in eight seasons and his $50 million contract was quite a bit less than many people pegged him for heading into free agency, but as Hoyer points out it’s tough to really sling any mud back at someone when the Cubs are losing so much.

Plus, the Cubs did pretty damn well in trading Garza to the Rangers, getting a nice four-prospect return for a couple months of his services that ended up not even being all that helpful to Texas. And so far Garza has a 5.00 ERA for the Brewers.

  1. 18thstreet - May 2, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    There’s a lot to like here from Hoyer. Mostly, I appreciate that he didn’t try to whitewash what a disaster the team has been on the field.

  2. tfbuckfutter - May 2, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    “The Cubs are terrible.”
    “Garza’s a douche.”

    This wouldn’t be a war of words. It’d be a conversation based entirely in fact.

  3. mikhelb - May 2, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    Well, he called Garza a resented, but Hoyer is right, he has to first build a winning team to convince people they are doing the right things.

    Hoyer also promised to build a winning team in San Diego, but ended up trading his best players to his former boss Theo Epstein who later brought Jed to Chicago along with him… and with him also the marginal good player he got for Adrián in Rizzo, who has yet to show he can be consistent.

    • chinahand11 - May 2, 2014 at 5:54 PM

      Aw, don’t critique Padres management, Jed fit right in, trading their best players for prospects with the hope of the prospects evolving into trade bait. It’s the Padre way for as long as I’ve lived here (18 years). Hoyer was masterful at getting rid of good hitters and pitchers. The fans continue to suffer, of course.

      • superpriebe - May 2, 2014 at 7:27 PM

        Umm, they have won 5 division titles and gone to the World Series in the time span you mention. Have you been paying attention?

      • chinahand11 - May 3, 2014 at 2:40 PM

        Oh yeah, awesome. All those free agents they signed really pushed them over the top, huh? Management used the series WIPE-OUT from the Yankees to dupe the taxpayers into buying that home-run killing ballpark. If you want to be a Padres management apologist go ahead, you’re welcome. I just live here, I’m a Red Sox fan. Oh, they won 3 WS in that time. Sorry to be so harsh in my tone.

  4. moseskkim - May 2, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    i didnt know matt barnes plays baseball too. (dont they look alike??)

    • Caught Looking - May 2, 2014 at 6:30 PM

      Matt Barnes does play baseball. At AAA Pawtucket in the Red Sox system.

  5. echech88 - May 2, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    Remember when Garza freaked out because someone bunted on him for a hit?

    The guy is probably the worst in the clubhouse.

  6. hoopmatch - May 2, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    Does Garza remind anyone else a little of Zambrano?

  7. chunkala - May 2, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    Garza has made a living off of one good season 6 years ago.

  8. 1harrypairatesties - May 2, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    U suck Garza!

    All of Chicago

    • doctorofsmuganomics - May 3, 2014 at 12:28 PM

      doesn’t seem like Chicago quite agrees

  9. rcali - May 2, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    The Cubs will continue to stink as long as it’s fan continue to stick up for a poorly run organization from ownership to the coaches.

  10. sdeberg - May 2, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    Garza went where the money was…as he always has. And the Cubs still suck. Garza’s words mean nothing. The Cubs are almost there.

  11. yourcubreporter - May 2, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    Five teams in eight years… props to Hoyer for keeping this out of the mud. Now lets beat those Cardinals!

  12. historiophiliac - May 2, 2014 at 11:48 PM

    It’s a good thing Hoyer can control his wife. Garza doesn’t have to Twitter-attack her then.

  13. smoothiecs07 - May 3, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    They gave up Archer to get Garza. How good would he look in the Cubs rotation now?

  14. tonyc920 - May 3, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    Reply to “All of Chicago”

    Thanks, and the same back at ya including the Cubs, Bears, Sox, Bulls, their fans, and the rest of the Chicago and vicinity population,. In fact do us all a favor, don’t come to Wisconsin for your vacations, hunting / fishing, and day trips. Keep your pollution south please. We don’t need or want FIB’s. Not to mention you ALL drive like idiots. We should charge you $100 per car to enter our state seeing we can’t drive 5 miles down the TriState without dumping $3 at every freaking toll booth. We encourage you to stay home in the murder capital of the USA. Where only criminals have guns.

    • zebbers - May 3, 2014 at 4:28 PM

      Seeing as how your state wants to secede from the union I guess nobody will be going there if that happens, you cheesepackin’ dolt.

      • tonyc920 - May 4, 2014 at 4:26 PM

        My post was pointed directly at 1harrypairatesties. And to reply to your post, seeing what a mess Illinois is in financially, politically, and Chicago’s murder rate, I wouldn’t mind seceding. We have a governor who knows what to do and hopefully he ends up in the white house.

  15. sawxalicious - May 3, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    Garza should be grateful to the Cubs. Due to being traded mid-season, he didn’t have the draft pick compensation attached to him as a free agent and his deal might have been for less money or years than he received. I’ll bet Kendrys Morales wishes he were traded during last season…Also he has not had a truly great season in his career; I would agree with Hoyer that the cost to keep Garza would not have been worth it as they are in rebuilding mode.

  16. whoops7458 - May 5, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    Going to kick the Packer’s ass this year! That snake won’t be able to scramble this! Dead meat!

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