Matt Garza isn’t going to make a marketing campaign out of “The Return,” the way adidas did with Derrick Rose.

Garza is viewed as the mercenary, a win-now player, while Rose is the Chicago icon, a Bulls star who should wind up with his own statue outside the United Center.

But Garza still hears all the questions in his head: “How’s he going to come back? How’s he going to rebound?” He calls them legitimate and predicts he’ll silence all the doubts.

In his walk year, Garza knows that he’ll have to show his right elbow can withstand the most unnatural act of throwing a baseball 96 mph, the velocity he saw on his final pitch last season, July 21 in St. Louis.

There still could be one path back to the North Side – or a potential roadblock to Garza’s megadeal – that the Cubs will look at internally. Several forces would have to come together, but a qualifying offer is one of several options they could use as they build their rotation for 2014 and beyond.

The biggest name still left on the board on Monday night was Kyle Lohse after Michael Bourn reportedly agreed to a four-year, $48 million deal with the Indians that contains an option that can raise the total to $60 million.

Both are represented by Scott Boras, the super-agent who loves to play chicken, even as pitchers and catchers report to Arizona and Florida. But they were also two of the nine players who received and rejected one-year qualifying offers worth $13.3 million last November.

Despite the buzz from the national media, the Cubs weren’t willing to sacrifice their second-round pick and almost $1 million from their signing-bonus pool to sign Bourn, who they expected to go well beyond their price range.

Garza has certainly noticed that the qualifying offer the Cardinals made Lohse has so far killed his free-agent market.