(MCT) — MESA, Ariz. – Matt Garza enters his free-agent season with a chance to cash in.
Whether the Chicago Cubs will be the ones paying him the big bucks remains to be seen. Garza is coming off an elbow injury that sidelined him the final two months of 2012.
“I’m just going to go out there and pitch,” he said. “I’m going to make people want me.”
Does Garza want to stay with the Cubs long-term?
“My goal is to go out there and pitch and prove that I’m healthy enough and make them want me to stay,” he said. “That’s my job. Right now there’s all the questions: ‘How is he going to come back? How is he going to rebound?’ Those are legitimate questions. I haven’t thrown off a mound competitively for two months. Now I’m getting back into it, feeling great. ... I’m just excited to be pitching again. Not really too worried about what the future holds. All I know is April 1 is Game One and I want to be there.”
The Cubs tried to deal Garza last July, including talks with Cincinnati after his elbow problems surfaced but before he was placed on the disabled list. If he proves he’s healthy this spring, there’s a chance the Cubs will put him on the market again.
“My name has popped up every year in my professional career,” he said. “It’s nothing different. I’m just happy to be able to be back pitching again. Yeah, it’s a big year, but it doesn’t matter. If we win, we all win. We get to October, that’s the only thing I play for.”