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Cubs anticipate Garza starting Monday; next “deadline” Saturday
DENVER – Cubs fans, media and maybe a few guys in the clubhouse might be living their lives around every latest ort of information related to the Garza Trade Watch.
But not Cubs manager Dale Sveum – who’s operating under the presumption that hotly pursued right-hander Matt Garza will make his scheduled start for the Cubs on Monday in Arizona.
“I’d say 100 percent he’s going to be pitching tomorrow,” Sveum said. “If I get a phone call, then obviously we’ll have to make adjustments, but it doesn’t’ change me or the way I’m doing things.
“It’s obviously the big talk, but it doesn’t consume me like maybe you guys think,” he added. “All’s I know is he’s pitching tomorrow, and like I said if we get a phone call and something changes, that’s the way it is. But it’s not something that consumes me. I don’t live my life that way.”
The expectation elsewhere in the organization Sunday also was that no potential deal is close enough to prevent Garza from making Monday’s start, which would put the next so-called deadline Saturday – his next scheduled day after that — for getting a deal done.
That Saturday start is in San Francisco against one of the teams that has talked to the Cubs about a possible deal for him, potentially adding more intrigue to a Garza Watch that has gained nonstop attention since reports early Friday that a deal with Texas was “close.”
Since those talks unraveled over sketchy medical records, the Cubs have re-engaged discussions with other teams and left Garza in a holding pattern.
The Pittsburgh Pirates – already said to be interested in outfielder Nate Schierholtz – were the team du jour Sunday, after Pirates general manager Neal Huntington suggested he also sought pitching and told Pittsburgh writers that he had the flexibility to add payroll “within reason.”
Garza is owed about $4 million the rest of the season.
And some industry sources believe Baltimore, which already picked off Scott Feldman from the Cubs and continues to scout the Cubs on this trip, could be a sleeper team for Garza.
Until that gets any more clear, the Twitter-less Sveum will count on Garza opening the four-game series in Arizona for him on Monday and ignore rumor mill.
“Those things are out of my hands,” he said. “It’s not what I get paid for.”