Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 2/19/12
The Chicago Cubs are apparently ready to make a long-term offer to starting pitcher Matt Garza.

According to the Chicago Sun Times, the Cubs were testing the trade waters with Garza but are looking instead to ink the 28-year-old right-hander. The two sides avoided arbitration with a one-year, $9.5 million deal this offseason but are trying to work out a long-term contract.

Garza will anchor a veteran staff for the Cubs, featuring Ryan Dempster and newly acquired Paul Maholm. Chicago also has Chris Volstad, who came over in the Carlos Zambrano deal with the Miami Marlins.

Garza was 10-10 in 31 starts last year, leading the Cubs with a 3.32 ERA.
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