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Chicago Cubs Rumors 2012: Cubs Now Hoping To Ink SP Matt Garza To Long-Term Deal

Despite rumors this winter that the Chicago Cubs' new-look front office was interested in dealing starting pitcher Matt Garza to help restock the farm system, Cubs GM Jed Hoyer told Comcast SportsNet Chicago today that he hopes to sign Garza to a long-term extension.

The Cubs acquired Garza before the 2011 season from the Tampa Bay Rays, and gave up a boatload of impressive prospects to get the trade done. It now appears that Garza is seen as an anchor to the rotation Theo Epstein and Co. hope to build moving forward.

"We have a good relationship with Matt," GM Jed Hoyer told Comcast SportsNet. "We need more Matt Garzas. We'll sit down to talk to him about a deal. We're hoping to get something worked out, but you never know and we'll keep it private when we do."

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