With all the trade chatter we’ve been hearing surrounding the Cubs, the question doesn’t seem to be if the Cubs will be trading players for prospects, but when. Paul Maholm showed his stuff on Friday, Ryan Dempster Saturday and Matt Garza yesterday. How does Garza feel about all the trade buzz surrounding the Cubs?
“We can’t control that,” said Garza. “All that we can control is what we do between the lines and how we prepare. I have a wife that is due in 22 days, so the rumor mill can wait. That is the last thing on my mind, I got a wife who is ready to pop, so I really don’t care about where I am going to be because when she calls, I will be right there next to her.”
Uh oh, 22 days is after the trade deadline. One rumor involving Garza has the Tigers interested in him and Darwin Barney. What would it do to Darwin if he were traded?
“Being a Cub since I was drafted, you don’t want to hear those things,” Barney said. “It is nice to know people are interested, but I want to be here. Whatever happens, happens. It is a business and that is the way it works. You don’t look too deep into it until something happens and then you go from there.”
Darwin’s apparently not a “grass is greener” type. Looks like he wants to stick around and be the best Cub he can be.
With the team riding high on a 12-4 streak, you can’t help but notice that the main difference before this streak and after is Anthony Rizzo. What is the team saying about it?
“We brought up a kid who is really exciting,” pitcher Matt Garza said about Rizzo on Sunday. “Just putting his presence in the lineup you can see what has happened. It puts pressure on the other team and the pitchers have to come up and make good pitches. Just his energy and youth kick people in gear and it’s awesome. It’s fun to see stuff like that and we’re just going to keep riding it out.”
“Rizzo, you’re not going to find a makeup like that in a young player,” Dempster said. “He’s just incredible his ability to stay grounded and work hard.”
Darwin Barney, do you have anything to add?
“I think it was a matter of time,” Barney said of the resurgence. “I think obviously Rizzo coming in, it helped deepen our lineup a little bit and helped solidify our defense. And guys started swinging the bats.”
So they all think Rizzo is the chosen one, too.