The Matt Garza trade saga has played out over two seasons on the North Side, but never has Garza been as in demand as he is now in his waning days as a Cub.

Should the Cubs give Garza an extension, as optimistic Cubs fans are hoping, or deal him for some top prospects, as most realistic fans expect?

“Needless to say, he's been a popular name and a guy we've gotten a lot of phone calls on,” general manager Jed Hoyer said. “I wouldn't characterize how the (talks) have gone, but I think he's opened a lot of eyes in the way he's thrown the last four or five times out.”

Garza opened some more eyes Monday with a strong showing on the South Side, allowing two runs, just one earned, over seven innings while picking up the victory.

He entered 3-0 with a 0.90 earned-run average in his previous four starts since manager Dale Sveum decided to pair him with his personal security blanket, catcher Dioner Navarro.

Garza will be a free agent and is expected to hit the market no matter where he winds up.

The latest wrinkle in the Garza sweepstakes was a report by that the Cubs have spoken to Garza's agent about a possible extension. A team source confirmed the talks but said the sides were far apart in their estimation of Garza's value, and a trade still is likely to happen in the next three weeks.

After Monday night's game, Garza said he wants to stay and that it's 50/50 that he will get an extension.

“It’s always on the table,” he said. “I voice my opinion on how I love it here. My family loves it here and it’s always something that you think about. Like I said, I don’t know which route they’re going to go. I’m just going to keep doing my part and get ready for every five days.”