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Since the end of the 2011 season, no player in baseball has been the subject of more trade rumors than Matt Garza, who, at one point or another, has been linked to nearly every team in baseball.
A free agent after the season, Garza confirmed that his representatives and the club have discussed a contract extension in the past few weeks, telling Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times that the chances of him signing a new deal with the Cubs were "50-50."
That, along with the fact that Chicago's asking price remains very high, as noted by ESPN's Buster Olney, would make you think the Cubs are going to hold on to the 29-year-old right-hander, especially as teams are typically loathe of paying a high price for what is essentially a two-month rental.
With Ricky Nolasco already off of the market, though, Garza is now the best pitcher available on the trade front. Olney believes that Saturday night's start against St. Louis will be the last one that Garza makes in a Cubs uniform, predicting that the veteran will be traded during the All-Star Break.
His excellent performance this season coupled with his experience in a pennant race, which includes being part of two AL East-winning teams with Tampa Bay in 2008 and 2010, makes him a valuable commodity to contenders that are looking to bolster their rotations—one that the rebuilding Cubs can't afford not to trade.