Rays’ Rearview Mirror: Will The Cubs Trade Matt Garza?

By Jenna West

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher

Matt Garza

‘s name continues to come up in trade rumors. Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Trade rumors continue to surround the Chicago Cubs’ Matt Garza, who is having a strong season on the mound. In his past five starts, Garza is 4-0 with a 0.97 ERA.

With the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline approaching, teams in need of stronger pitching are looking to snag up the righty. These teams include the Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians, Toronto Blue Jays, and San Diego Padres. The Rangers are possibly the most desperate team looking to make a move before the trade deadline, considering four of their starting pitchers are on the disabled list.

However, Garza wants to stay with the Cubs and is hoping to sign a contract extension rather than becoming a free agent after this season.

“It’s in both our courts,” Garza told Jon Morosi of FoxSports.com. “Obviously, they have 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 like being a Cub. I want to get this team to October and win it here,” Garza continued. “But I’m just going to get ready for every five days. It’s up in the air — 50/50.”

Garza played for the Rays from 2008-2010 and threw the franchise’s only no-hitter on July 26, 2010.