The Chicago Cubs were said to be listening to trade offers for starting pitcher Matt Garza this offseason, but the team apparently didn't like any of them because the word is now that the team wants to sign the 28-year-old to a long-term deal even though he can't become a free agent till after the 2013 season, according to CSN Chicago.
"We have a good relationship with Matt," GM Jed Hoyer said, according to the site. "We need more Matt Garzas. We'll sit down to talk to him about a deal. We're hoping to get something worked out, but you never know and we'll keep it private when we do."
Garza joined the Cubs last offseason when the team traded five prospects to the Tampa Bay Rays for the man who had pitched a no-hitter in 2010. For Chicago, he went 10-10 with a 3.32 ERA and 197 strikeouts in 198 innings.
"It's a huge compliment to be wanted by other teams, but at the same time, you want to be in Chicago to turn things around," Garza told CSN. "I fell in love with the city, the ballpark, the fans."