Matt Garza doesnt take it personally. Its just business. Hell only be worried when no ones talking about him.
My name is in trade rumors every season, so it doesnt bother me, Garza said. If my names not said anymore, then its time to think about what Im doing.
Garza showed up Friday at Cubs Convention knowing that everyone would be asking about the constant speculation over where he could be dealt. He was seen chatting with Theo Epstein for awhile at the Hilton Chicago.
Garza remains under club control for two more seasons, while Epstein is working on a five-to-10-year plan. More than once, the president of baseball operations has mentioned a contract extension as a way to convert a short-term asset into long-term one.
Thats something my agent and I and Theo and (general manager Jed Hoyer will) talk about, Garza said. I like the city. I love playing here. My kids love it. (But) its between them and then well talk about things like that. That stuffs behind closed doors, and thats where it should stay.
If its any indication, Garza has lived in the Chicago area this offseason and appreciates that Epstein has updated his representatives throughout. The Cubs have to see what they could get for a 28-year-old frontline pitcher, but they would have to be blown away by a team willing to give up multiple elite prospects.
(Garzas) a pro. Hes been traded before. He can handle situations like this, Epstein said. Through all of the media speculation, its important to remember how big a part of this team that he is. Hes a rare commodity. Hes a top-of-the-rotation-type starter. Hes proven it in the AL East (and the playoffs).
Hes a guy (who) when he has the ball, our team thinks were going to win that day. Thats important. You cant underestimate the impact of that on a ballclub.
Garza tries to stay positive and block out all the noise. This is the guy who last July said Were right where we need to be after a comeback win in Washington left the Cubs 17 games under .500.
After experiencing a miracle run with the small-market Tampa Bay Rays, Garza isnt fazed by the idea of a rebuilding project, and thinks he could be on a contender right here.
Why not? Garza said. Ive played on teams that were just as young and done some special things. So I know what youth can do and Ive seen it, so Im pretty excited where this is going.