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Matt Garza started on Saturday night for the Cubs in the third game of their four-game series against the Cardinals. Would this be his last start in a Cubs uniform? The Rangers had two scouts at Wrigley Field to watch Garza, while the Tigers, Orioles, Pirates and Blue Jays also had representatives on hand.
How has Garza dealt with the trade rumors?
“He’s handled it great,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said before Saturday’s game. “Obviously, he went through this last year at the same time when his name was all aaround. It goes unsaid how he’s handled it. He’s pitched in as good a five-game stretch as he has in his whole career. He’s obviously handled it extremely well.”
Garza has tossed at least seven innings and given up one or no earned runs in five straight starts dating to June 16.
– Carrie Muskat
Matt Garza takes the mound Saturday night when the Cubs face the Cardinals in the third game of their four-game series. Here’s the lineup:
With the Trade Deadline on July 31, Theo Epstein is getting plenty of phone calls from teams interested in Cubs players. Matt Garza is high on some team’s lists, as well as relievers Kevin Gregg and James Russell and outfielder Nate Schierholtz.
Garza is considered the best starting pitcher on the market.
“Obviously, he’s throwing extremely well and he’s very healthy and there are teams out there looking for pitching who are going to call and try to acquire him,” Epstein said Friday. “For us, he’s helping us win games now, there’s a chance to possibly retain him beyond this year, so we’ll just balance all that out and do what’s best for the organization.”
It is a busy time of the season.
“There’s a lot of chatter going on right now,” Epstein said. “I wouldn’t say anything major is imminent. There’s a lot of talk, and we’ll continue to stay abreast with what other teams are trying to do as their situation changes.”
This is the second year the Cubs have been sellers. That’s not a position Epstein wants to be in.
“We wanted to be buyers this year,” he said. “With a few breaks, this year, we could’ve been in a much different situation. If some one-run games early change, and different bullpen situations [it could've been different]. The goal every year is to be in a position where you’re looking to add and have a strong pennant push.”
– Carrie Muskat
Scott Baker, rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, will start for Class A Kane County on Sunday, and if all goes well, could join the Cubs rotation in August.
Baker threw a bullpen at Wrigley Field on Thursday, his final tuneup before he starts against West Michigan in his first real game action. He did make one Cactus League start March 17 but was shut down after that, and diagnosed with a strained elbow.
“[Thursday] was better than what I saw the last time, before he had the setback,” Dale Sveum said. “He was letting it go his last 10, 15 pitches. I don’t think he’s ever going to exert himself on the mound too much until it counts. It was coming out of his hand pretty easy. Everything is going really well now.”
Baker was expected to make four Minor League rehab starts, and if he continues to progress, will give the Cubs a fresh arm for the final two months of the season. That may be key if the Cubs deal Matt Garza by the Trade Deadline.
He had the surgery in April 2012, and had hoped to be ready for the start of the 2013 season. But after the setback in March, Baker apologized to Cubs executives, including general manager Jed Hoyer.
“My reasoning for that was I don’t want anybody to ever think I didn’t have the intention of being a servicable pitcher right from the beginning of the season,” Baker said. “I guess [apologizing] wasn’t necessary but I wanted them to know [the setback] happened, and it stinks, but I did everything I could to be ready for the start of the season.”
Even though Baker hasn’t thrown a pitch yet for the Cubs, Hoyer said they would consider bringing the right-hander back in 2014.
“There’s no secret that there’s a lot of great things going on here,” Baker said. “You go through different phases in your career. I’ve been hurt and things have been taken away from me, and I want to be with a team and an organization that is trying to win, and there’s no question that is going on here.”
– Carrie Muskat
The Cubs close out the first half with a four-game series against the Cardinals, starting Thursday. Here are the pitching matchups and game times. Please note the strange times:
Thursday, 7:05 p.m. CT: RHP Edwin Jackson (5-10, 5.50) vs. RHP Jake Westbrook (5-3, 2.78)
Friday, 3:05 p.m. CT: RHP Carlos Villanueva (2-4, 3.39) vs. RHP Joe Kelly (0-3, 4.15)
Saturday, 6:15 p.m. CT: RHP Matt Garza (5-1, 3.22) vs. RHP Lance Lynn (11-3, 3.67)
Sunday, 7:05 p.m. CT: LHP Travis Wood (6-6, 2.69) vs. RHP Adam Wainwright (12-5, 2.30)
Matt Garza has dealt with trade rumors since his first year in pro ball, and has learned to shrug them off.
“At least you’re wanted,” the Cubs pitcher said. “It could be the other way, where they’re like, ‘This guy, I don’t want him.’ It’s a compliment. If it happens, my phone will ring and that’ll be it. It hasn’t rung and I’m happy to be a Cub.”
There were reports Monday that the Cubs were talking to Garza about a possible long-term contract, but it’s more likely that the right-hander will be dealt by the July 31 Trade Deadline. The key will be whether the Cubs get the top prospects they want in return. The Cubs have already been busy, trading Scott Feldman, Carlos Marmol, Steve Clevenger and Scott Hairston.
“[An extension] is always on the table,” Garza said. “I voiced my opinion about how I love it here. My family loves it here. It’s always something you think about. I don’t know which route they’re going to go.”
How real is an extension?
“As real as a trade,” Garza said. “Trades are just rumors like everything else. An extension talk, I’m part of, I know for a fact where it’s at. It’s always a possibility, man, 50-50.
“At the end of the day, it comes down to my decision if I want an extension, and a trade, it’s obviously [the Cubs']decision,” he said. “I like being a Cub, I want to get this team to October and win it here. Like I’ve said before, it’d be one [heck] of a party. I’m just going to get ready for every five days.”
So, what uniform is he wearing on Aug. 1?
“I’m hoping the Cubs, but I don’t even look that far,” Garza said. “What’s today, the 8th? Probably the 13th will be the next day I look at.”
– Carrie Muskat
If this was Matt Garza’s last start with the Cubs, he gave some teams plenty to think about. Alfonso Soriano hit solo home run, a double and stole two bases, and Luis Valbuena drove in three runs to back Garza and lift the Cubs to an 8-2 Interleague victory Monday over the White Sox to complete a sweep of the rain-delayed intracity series.
The Cubs had already won the first three games of this crosstown series, and this was a makeup game of the May 28 rained out contest. They posted their first winning season series over the White Sox since going 5-1 in 2007. It’s the first sweep by either the Cubs or White Sox since the teams began a home-and-away format in 1999.
Garza, the subject of trade rumors since Spring Training, scattered five hits over seven innings while striking out six. The right-hander has given up just four earned runs over 37 innings in his last five starts for an 0.97 ERA. He made a grand entrance, delaying the game briefly in the first as he walked from the bullpen to the dugout. There were at least eight scouts who waited out the 29-minute rain delay to see Garza as well as others.
There were reports Monday that the Cubs were talking to Garza about a possible long-term contract but it’s more likely that the right-hander will be dealt by the July 31 Trade Deadline. The key will be whether the Cubs get the top prospects they want in return. The Cubs have already been busy, trading Scott Feldman, Carlos Marmol, Steve Clevenger, and Scott Hairston. Who’s next?
“You can’t really worry about that,” Anthony Rizzo said. “I’m sure it’s in guys’ heads. Whoever is here, whoever is in the lineup has to play that day. We have to continue to grow and get better and win.”
Dave Sappelt had a career high four hits, including two RBI singles. The Cubs scored five runs in the eighth, and outscored the White Sox, 32-8, in the four games, to improve to 12-6 in Interleague play.
– Carrie Muskat
Welington Castillo was scratched from the lineup because he was ill. Luis Valbuena will be the Cubs’ designated hitter on Monday when they meet the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field in a makeup game. Starlin Castro is leading off for the third time this season. Here’s the lineup:
Matt Garza has been rumored to be traded since Spring Training. Could the Cubs keep the right-hander and sign him to a long-term deal? CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman reported Monday the Cubs have talked to Garza’s agents about a possible long-term contract. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal confirmed that the Cubs and Garza have had recent talks. Rosenthal reported that signing Garza has always been one of the Cubs’ options. The team also could make him a one-year qualifying offer at the end of the season.
Garza is considered the top pitcher available on the trade market, and there is still time before the July 31 deadline for teams to make a deal with the Cubs. One scout told MLB.com that because Garza will be a free agent at year’s end, and a possible short-term rental, teams don’t want to give up top top prospects in exchange. The Cubs, obviously, are looking for top prospects.
The Rangers, Red Sox, Indians, Rockies, Giants, Padres, Nationals and Cardinals all need starting pitching, and the number of scouts has increased each time Garza pitches. Garza, who is making $10.25 million this year, will be a free agent after this season, and could demand a deal similar to what Anibal Sanchez got — five years, $80 million.
Garza will be on the mound Monday night when the Cubs face the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field in a makeup game.
– Carrie Muskat
According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Rangers were interested in Matt Garza last season, and nearly acquired him at the Trade Deadline. However, Garza had a stress reaction in his right elbow, and he didn’t pitch after July 21. The Rangers instead dealt for Ryan Dempster. The Rangers are reportedly pursuing Garza again this year. The right-hander is healthy, and will make his 10th start on Monday against the White Sox. He’s given up two earned runs over 30 innings in his last four starts.