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Chicago Cubs GM Jim Hendry and new Cub Matt Garza spoke to the media this weekend about the pitcher’s acquisition, and about his future with the Cubs – both immediate and long-term. First, the Garza quotes:

  • “I’m excited to be a part of this long tradition, and try to get this thing turned around in a good direction. We’ve got a lot of the pieces to the puzzle right there in Chicago, ready to do it.”
  • “Before the Rays won 96 games, they were in the cellar of the AL East. We just went in there with all positives. We went in there [and said] ‘We’re in for a dogfight so let’s go get them.’ That’s the same attitude I take year in and year out. It’s going to be a dogfight no matter who you face. Our opponents are Major League ballplayers so nothing is going to be handed to us. Right now, it’s going to be a tough race and let’s see how we get ready and get it done. Why not?”

  • “I had the pleasure of seeing [Wrigley Field] yesterday in its snow-covered glory. It was outstanding and I love it. As long as the dimensions are the same, I’ll be all right.”

And the Hendry quotes:

  • “You don’t always pull off things the way you want to. Sometimes the names change. But I will tell you that Matt Garza was a guy we targeted. I didn’t know if we could do it, but that was the one [trade] that made the most sense for us.”
  • “It isn’t often you can acquire a 27-year-old top-of-the-rotation kind of guy that has three years left before he becomes a free agent in any kind of a trade. Obviously with that comes trading some significant young talent back.”

  • “We’re not giving away the farm to try to win in one year. That couldn’t be farther from the truth with a guy like Matt Garza.”
  • “Matt’s 27 and he’s going to be a Cub for awhile. We look at this as a great trade for the present and the future.”

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