CHICAGO -- Cubs starter Matt Garza, amidst rumors that he could be dealt by Chicago prior to this year's trade deadline, said that he did not care about the possibility of being dealt. Now 2-5 with a 4.04 ERA, 8.3 strikeouts and 2.6 walks per nine innings, the right-hander said he's perfectly content whether the Cubs keep him or deal him to a contender.
"I just want to keep playing. It doesn’t matter where. I’ll pitch on the freaking moon," he said. "I love the city. My kids love the city. It would be a great place for them to grow up. But like I said, it’s out of my control."
Garza -- who has been dealt twice before, once by the Twins to the Rays in exchange for Delmon Young, then by the Rays to the Cubs prior to the 2010 season -- said that while he is curious about what his future holds, he actually takes the rumors as a compliment.
"It's just natural. It's human nature. Everyone wonders. But the professional in me says keep going, just do your job," he said. "When they stop asking for you, that's not a good thing. As long as they keep asking for you, it means I'm doing my job. That's what I'm going to keep doing."
One element that will add to Garza's appeal on the trade market is his proven ability to compete -- and indeed thrive -- in both the American League and the American League East. While with the Rays and Twins, he routinely dominated AL East heavyweights, with a 22-15 record, 3.34 ERA, 6.2 strikeouts and 3.1 walks per nine innings in the division.
"I'd love to stay here, but if that's not in [Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein's] plans, then so be it. I just want to keep playing," said Garza. "The AL East doesn't scare me a bit. Everywhere I go, it's a blast."
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