Jul 9, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Matt Garza (22) sings in the dugout during the seventh inning stretch against the Los Angeles Angels at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Trade Rumors: Matt Garza Expects Trade Before Deadline

Chicago Cubs pitcher Matt Garza was reportedly talking an extension with the Chicago Cubs, but that is likely just the team looking to build leverage for a potential trade before the MLB trade deadline. Garza has been saying all of the right things in the media when it comes to his future with the Cubs, but privately he appears to be preparing himself for what everyone expects to go down in the next few weeks.

From Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com:

Publicly, Garza gave “50/50” odds that he could sign a long-term extension and stay in Chicago. That played well with Cubs fans, because he’s entertaining and emotional and there’s no doubt he cares. The media always looks forward to his must-see sessions in the interview room, especially after beating the White Sox.

Privately, Garza is bracing for a trade and expects to be in a new city soon, perhaps well in advance of the July 31 non-waiver deadline. As another character inside this rivalry – Hawk Harrelson – might say: “He gone!”

It comes as no surprise. Many have expected Garza to be shipped off before the end of the month, so it is best for the Cubs and their fans to brace for what appears to be inevitable.

The MLB trade deadline is July 31, so be sure to stick with FanSided.com leading up to the deadline as we keep you up to date on the latest date and rumors.

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