On Monday, the internet was buzzing about an internet report that suggested that the Chicago Cubs were talking to starting pitcher Matt Garza about a potential long-term extension.
Generally, most reporters get their information from a source within an organization.
There is no question that the source was on the Cubs’ side and not one of the representatives for Garza.
Theo Epstein and the Chicago Cubs’ baseball operations are not running their first rodeo.
There is no question that the Cubs’ are shopping Garza and will continue to shop Garza up until the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31.
In recent weeks, reports focused in on how certain it was that the Cubs were going to trade Garza.
While Garza most certainly will be traded before July 31 if not the All-Star break, it is not in the Cubs’ best interest for that information to be floating around.
That is why someone in the Cubs’ organization probably leaked the information that the team had discussions with Garza about a long-term extension.
Sure, the Cubs’ probably did have a discussion of such matter with the starting pitcher. Though, those discussions probably were to the extent of the Cubs’ asking what it would take for Garza to sign a long-term extension and then leaving the matter at that.
What this information does is it tells teams that the Cubs are not simply going to trade Garza for the mere fact of trading the starting pitcher.
The Cubs are seeking a high price for Garza, and the only way they are going to ensure that return is with leverage. Leverage to the extent that the team may be willing to retain the starting pitcher.
No, Matt Garza is not going to sign a long-term extension with the Cubs.
The only thing that the Monday report about a possible extension for Garza should mean for Cubs’ fans is that the team’s front office is putting the odds in their favor that they will get what they are asking for in a trade.