The Cubs Need To Extend Garza, Not Trade Him

chi_a_garza_kh_600Tuesday’s column from CBS Chicago

(CBS) Guys who can pitch like Matt Garza don’t grow on trees.

Neither do guys who can pitch like Jeff Samardzija.

So, why is it then that one guy is widely considered to be part of the Chicago Cubs’ so-called “core,” while the other is widely considered to be nothing more than trade bait?

On Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field, the streaking Garza handcuffed the struggling White Sox, allowing two runs, only one earned, over seven innings, while picking up the victory in the Cubs 8-2 win.

With that performance, Garza pushed his record to 4-0 with a 0.97 ERA over his past five starts and 5-1 overall with a 3.22 ERA since missing the first seven weeks while recovering from a strained lat muscle. Those impressive numbers have made Garza the most desirable starting pitcher on the supposed trading block, but hadn’t seemed to make him any more desirable to his own team – until Monday afternoon, perhaps.

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