Garza ‘50-50’ on possible extension with Cubs
BY GORDON WITTENMYER firstname.lastname@example.org July 8, 2013 10:02PM
Updated: August 10, 2013 6:41AM
Cubs pitcher Matt Garza acknowledged he’s bracing for a trade at any time this month, but he acknowledged recent talks with the club about a possible extension and called the possibility of that happening “50-50.”
“It’s always on the table,” said Garza after another seven strong innings to beat the White Sox 8-2 Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field, before scouts representing eight to 10 contenders. “I voiced my opinion about how I love it here and my family loves it here, and it’s always something you think about.”
Team sources, however, characterize the recent, brief talks as confirmation that the sides aren’t much, if any, closer than they were more than a year ago when they first engaged in talks with little progress.
And the team plans to proceed at full-speed with trade talks — leaving open the possibility of talking again to Garza in the fall after he becomes a free agent.
Asked how real the extension possibility was, Garza said, “as real as a trade. Trades are just rumors like everything else. And extension talks, I’m a part of. I know for a fact where it’s at. It’s always a possibility, man — 50-50.”
Garza, who makes $10.25 million this year, is 4-0 with a 0.97 ERA his last five starts, covering 37 innings, and is considered the top pitcher available on the trade market.
“It’s in both our courts,” he said. “Obviously, they have a [few] more cards to hold. It comes down to my decision on an extension. On a trade, it’s their decision.
“I want to be a Cub. I want to get this team to October and win it here. It’d be one hell of a party.”