In what could be a dramatic turnaround, the Cubs are now considering keeping righthanded starter Matt Garza on the North Side of Chicago.

Cubs officials recently have broached such a possibility, and while a trade still remains an option for Garza, for the first time in more than a year there are discussions about possibly signing Garza long-term. It had been presumed for weeks he would be traded for sure.

The Cubs could also trade Garza, then try to re-engage him in the winter, another distinct possibility.

Garza is considered the top rental starter on the market, and while there's still time to do a deal before the July 31 trade deadline, it is now far from a certainty. Sources indicate the Cubs have been seeking a top prospect back for Garza, and opposing general managers are very reluctant to part with those type players.

Garza is 3-0 with a 0.90 ERA over his last four starts, all but obliterating the physical concerns that had kept him out at the start of the season.

If Garza is indeed re-signed, this will be a disappointment to a plethora of teams. The Rangers, Red Sox, Indians, Rockies, Giants, Padres, Nationals and Cardinals are among teams that could be seeking a starting pitcher.