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Samardzija: Garza “unbelievable” handling trade talk
DENVER – For all the dominating pitching Matt Garza has done for the Cubs over the last month, teammates are most impressed with how he’s handled the most intense trade-rumor attention they’ve seen this year.
A brief discussion about a possible contract extension fell through, and Garza was told to expect a trade, a message that was delivered through his agent with more immediacy this past week as the team has stepped up efforts to try and trade him before Monday’s scheduled start.
“He’s been unbelievable,” teammate Jeff Samardzija said of Garza, who did his usual routine in preparation for Monday’s start and interacted normally (such as it is for the affably off-center Garza) with teammates.
“It’s not an easy situation to be in,” Samardzija said. “Especially a guy like Garza. He’s married and what does he have – five or six kids in that household? You’re dealing with a family, too. So he knows if something happens he’s god to uproot his family and move out.
“So to come here every day and still work hard and do his thing for this team speaks volumes about the guy.”
Garza, who spent an extra day at home in Chicago with family before flying on his own to Denver Friday, is 5-0 with a 1.24 ERA in his last six starts.
“If he does get moved, the team that does get him gets one heck of a pitcher and one heck of a guy, too,” Samardzija said.
“Maybe things will fall through and he’ll stick around with us the rest of the year, so we’ll see.”