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Garza: “50-50″ chance of contract extension
Cubs pitcher Matt Garza acknowledged he’s bracing for a trade at any time this month, but he acknowledged recent contract 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.
The team plans to proceed at full-speed with trade talks – while 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.
“I think it’s in both our courts,” he said. “Obviously, they have a [few] more cards to hold. At the end of the day 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.”