Monday was all about Matt Garza. While most thought Monday’s start on the South Side could be one of his last in a Cubs’ uniform, reports surfaced earlier in the day the Cubs were considering signing Matt Garza to a long-term contract.
Garza did not do anything to hurt his value on Monday after allowing two runs, one earned, on five hits with no walks and six strikeouts in seven innings to the White Sox. Garza improved to 4-0 in his last five starts with a 0.97 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP (four earned runs on 24 hits with eight walks and 34 strikeouts).
Matt Garza confirmed that he and the team have discussed a contract extension. Garza said that he would like to stay with the Cubs and the contract talks are just as real as the possibility of him being traded. Garza said he knows where the contract talks stand and he put even odds (50-50) on an extension happening.
Several of Matt Garza’s teammates told Bruce Levine they hope the Cubs’ extend Garza instead of trading him. According to Levine, Garza will be seeking at least a four-year contract if he hits free agency in November. Garza could be looking for a deal similar to the one Anibal Sanchez signed.
The Sun-Times and ESPN Chicago reported that the talks between Garza and the Cubs have not gotten serious. And the likelihood remains that he will be traded prior to the deadline.
According to reports, scouts from the Dodgers, Pirates, Blue Jays, Padres, Indians, Red Sox and Giants were at the Cell on Monday night “heavily scouting Garza” and the Rangers had two scouts on hand to watch Garza.
Davis Kaplan spoke with an American League executive on Monday night and was told that Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer know what they have in Garza and “they will not cave on what they want in return.”
The Cubs called up lefty Brooks Raley on Monday from Triple-A Iowa to take Scott Hairston’s spot on the roster. The Cubs decided to fill the open spot with a pitcher rather than a position player due to the recent overwork of the pen. The Cubs are looking to add a right-handed bat to the active roster in the near future, and it could end up being Donnie Murphy. But it could be a couple of days before a move is made.
Donnie Murphy signed a minor league contract with the Cubs on April 3. Murphy is hitting .261/.343/.459 with 12 doubles, one triple and 10 home runs in 70 games with the I-Cubs. Junior Lake is also a possibility but according to reports, the Cubs are not sure if a call-up would be the best thing for Lake’s development. The Cubs have two open spots on the 40-man roster. Murphy would have to be added to the roster while Lake is already on the 40-man.
As reported, Travis Wood will not be able to pitch in the upcoming All-Star game. Wood is scheduled to pitch the final game before the break on Sunday night against the Cardinals. The Cubs confirmed on Monday that Wood will not pitch but will travel to New York to participate in All-Star festivities.