Apr 25, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Matt Garza (22) pitches in the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Cubs GM Won’t Engage With Milwaukee Brewers P Matt Garza


Matt Garza of the Milwaukee Brewers made some waves last week when he advised former teammate Jeff Samardzija of the Chicago Cubs: “Pitch your way out of there.”

Garza then compared his situation with Milwaukee with his time spent pitching for the Cubs, saying it was the difference between expecting to win every day instead of just hoping.

Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer wouldn’t engage, however, when talking to Patrick Mooney of Comcast Sports Net Chicago on Friday.

“Garza got his payday,” Hoyer said. “He’s on a team that’s winning. I guess he feels like he’s in a position right now to make comments. It’s on us now to flip that script, to show that we’re a place that people want to be, to show that we’re a winning organization.”

Garza pitched for the Cubs in 2011-12 and started the 2013 season in Chicago before he was traded to the Texas Rangers a little more than a week before the July 31 waiver trade deadline. He was 21-18 in two years with the Cubs with a 3.45 ERA and 1.213 WHIP in 60 starts with 355 strikeouts in 372.2 innings.

After going 4-5 with a 4.38 ERA and 1.316 WHIP in 13 starts for Texas, Garza signed a four-year, $50 million free agent deal with Milwaukee in January.

He is 1-3 with a 5.00 ERA and 1.333 WHIP in six starts and 36 innings for the Brewers this season with 30 strikeouts.

He was the 25th overall pick of the Minnesota Twins in the 2005 amateur draft out of Fresno State and broke in with the Twins in August 2006. He later pitched for the Tampa Bay Rays before he was traded to the Cubs in January 2011.

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