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Will Cubs extend Garza instead of trading him?

Posted on: February 19, 2012 1:09 pm
Edited on: February 19, 2012 1:19 pm
 


By Matt Snyder


As new Cubs leaders Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer went all Norman Dale on the roster this offseason -- certainly more in the "break 'em down" portion than "build them back up" part -- starting pitcher Matt Garza was involved in myriad trade rumors. The right-hander was connected with the Red Sox, Yankees, Tigers, Blue Jays and a few other teams in trade rumors, but so far nothing has come to fruition.

Now, with spring training opening and Garza still on the Cubs' roster, multiple Chicago outlets are reporting the Cubs instead intend to build with Garza as one of the foundations of the club, meaning the talk is of a contract extension, not a trade.

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‘‘We’ve said many times he’s the kind of guy we need,’’ Hoyer said (Chicago Sun-Times). ‘‘We need more Matt Garzas, not less. We need a rotation full of those guys, so if we can work something out, that’d be wonderful.’’

After all the moves the Cubs made this offseason, it appeared for a bit they were embarking on a long-term, slow rebuild. If the Cubs do lock up the 28-year-old Garza long-term, though, it would be a clear sign they are looking to win within the next three to four years, instead of a more distant approach.

‘‘I think patience is important, but urgency is important, as well,’’ Epstein said (Chicago Sun-Times). ‘‘The goal of the 2012 Cubs is to win the World Series. And our goal as an organization is to build an organization that competes on an annual basis in the postseason and gives ourselves a chance to win the World Series ... There aren’t going to be any shortcuts. We’re looking at the big picture, and we’re building this thing the right way. But urgency, of course. And the goal is clear.’’

Garza was 10-10 in his first season with the Cubs, but suffered from bad luck in terms of defense, run support and batting average on balls in play. He had a 3.32 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 197 strikeouts in 198 innings. If the Cubs do hold onto Garza -- CBSSports.com's Danny Knobler reports some still believe the Cubs will shop Garza during spring training -- the odds of him being the opening-day starter are pretty good, with Ryan Dempster, Randy Wells, Paul Maholm and either Travis Wood or Chris Volstad joining him in the rotation.

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Comments

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2012 3:58 pm
 

Will Cubs extend Garza instead of trading him?

Keep waiting.



Since: Mar 27, 2008
Posted on: February 20, 2012 3:53 pm
 

Will Cubs extend Garza instead of trading him?

how about the cubs trade for a veteran like lackey, oh wait theo signed lackey once before.



Since: May 18, 2010
Posted on: February 20, 2012 12:12 pm
 

Will Cubs extend Garza instead of trading him?

Really? The Cubs need more players like Garza to contend? Maybe if they intend to contend for 3rd in the division but this guy is not a leader of a great staff. As a 3rd or 4th start he is not bad but the Cubs are in trouble if they think he is more than that.


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Since: Feb 20, 2012
Posted on: February 20, 2012 12:11 pm
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Since: Dec 31, 2009
Posted on: February 20, 2012 10:53 am
 

Will Cubs extend Garza instead of trading him?

Build the foundation for the future. If its with Garza fine. If trading him gets us two solid SP prospects then its worth the trade. As a Cubs fan all I want is the chance to consistently have a chance to win the World Series.



Since: Aug 2, 2011
Posted on: February 19, 2012 11:56 pm
 

Will Cubs extend Garza instead of trading him?

I honestly cannot see why the Cubs would trade Garza if theyare serious o reach the post season and want to win the world series.

Garza is one of only maybe three or four players who would get into any post season, championship and world sereis sides within the last five to six years, including the Giants and Yankees.

Epstein built Boston up, winning two world series in the last few years and knows what it takes to have a world series winning team.The  crucial part of the plan is next winter.




Since: Jan 31, 2012
Posted on: February 19, 2012 5:20 pm
 

Will Cubs extend Garza instead of trading him?

AGREED, IF YOU CLEAN HOUSE YOU HAVE TO CLEAN THE WHOLE HOUSE.



Since: May 30, 2007
Posted on: February 19, 2012 4:06 pm
 

Will Cubs extend Garza instead of trading him?

I agree.  They could get Theo, Hoyer, and McLeod the prospects they want and they'll have more value at the deadline.  It also dumps payroll.



Since: Sep 20, 2011
Posted on: February 19, 2012 2:42 pm
 

Will Cubs extend Garza instead of trading him?

garza, soto, dempster, byrd and soriano will be gone by august 1st!



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: February 19, 2012 1:52 pm
 

Will Cubs extend Garza instead of trading him?

I would not be surprise if the Cubs extend Garza contract, I had read that the Cubs asking price to trade Garza was too high. So I have doubt that Garza is going be traded anytime soon, unless he reject a contract extension and Cubs be force to lower their asking price. beside it look to me that Garza is the best SP the Cubs has at this time, now Maholm had a good ERA last season but his win and loses don't show it for he Pitched for Pittsburgh. The other SP Dempster, Wells, Travis Wood and Volstad had really high ERA, a team is not going to win many game if the Sp gave up 5 runs a game.

I do feel that since the Cubs defense was so bad that it hurt the Pitching staff, I am hoping with better defense would mean better Pitching


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