With nearly a dozen major league scouts in attendance to keep tabs on numerous Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers players, Matt Garza once again showed why he will likely be one of the most sought after commodities in baseball over the coming weeks. Garza delivered seven strong innings, allowing only one run on eight hits, while striking out 10 and walking only one. Garza's gone on quite a run at just the right time, as far as the Cubs front office is concerned, tossing 22 innings and allowed only two runs, striking out 23 and walking five in his last three starts. While Theo Epstein wouldn't discuss any specific players, he admitted that with where the Cubs are in the standings and the pieces that they have, they'll likely be hearing from many teams over the next four weeks. "Obviously, there are a lot of calls this time of year," Epstein said. "We have a number of guys who are performing really well, including some guys who are under contract or under our control for years to come. It's not like we're rushing out to trade those guys. We'll see, we owe it to the organization to explore it and see if there's something a lot better going forward, we'll have to consider it." Garza said he doesn't waste time listening to rumors that may or may not be true. "That's not for them, it's for me, for my 24 guys in here, that's what I need to do," Garza said. "Those rumors are rumors, I've been a part of them my entire career so it's nothing new." Garza has been traded twice before in his career, so he doesn't give a second thought to different trade scenarios that are speculated on in the media. However, that wasn't always the case. "It was pretty awesome," Garza said of the first time he heard his name come up. "The first rumor was me for (Alfonso) Soriano to the Nationals. I was like, 'Oh, wow, a 40-40 guy? Yeah!' Now it's just, whatever. You just keep plugging away. Someone asked me if I'm sitting by my phone and I said no. No phone calls, no worries."
Garza continues to boost his trade value
ESPN | Jun 27