After all that, Matt Garza could wind up starting Opening Day for the Cubs in 2013.

Garza's agent told him it was going to be a busy winter meetings last December, but they never got any action. Not that Garza was going to sit in front of the TV anyway – he had already planned a family vacation to Italy.

During spring training, Garza began dropping into Dale Sveum's office, just to "shoot the crap a little bit" and acclimate the manager to his personality quirks.