(NEW YORK) — With Major League Baseball’s trade deadline approaching, Chicago Cubs pitcher Matt Garza is said to be the best pitcher available. Because of that, he expects to be traded in the near future.
Garza is off to a great start this season with teh Cubs. In 11 starts, the 29-year-old Garza is 6-1 with a 3.17 ERA. According to Garza, it’s not a matter of if he’ll be traded, but when.
“They told my agent [earlier in the week] that they were going to move me,” Garza said. “They said as much as they like me they need to add inventory to the future. I want to stay, but that doesn’t seem possible now.”
Even though the Cubs haven’t made the playoffs since 2008, he thinks the future is bright, and wishes he could be a part of it.
“I don’t think we’re far away from winning,” Garza added. “You look at our pitchers and the competitive way of the team. That is not my call. It looks like I will be pitching elsewhere soon.”
Among the teams going after Garza, the Rangers are reportedly going after him the hardest.
Garza has also pitched well in the postseason when given the chance. In five postseason starts, Garza is 2-1 with a 3.48 ERA.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN