Matt Garza used to hearing trade rumors

Chicago Cubs starter Matt Garza has not let the rumor mill disturb his offseason.

Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein has been transparent about the fact that he’s listened to offers for Garza, although he clarified on Wednesday that the team hasn’t actively shopped the pitcher. However, numerous teams including the Toronto Blue Jays, Texas Rangers and, most recently, the Detroit Tigers have discussed different potential player combinations with the Cubs since Epstein began talking to clubs in December.

“I really don’t pay attention to [trade talk],” Garza said Friday at the Cubs Convention in Chicago. “It’s my job to get ready and be in shape for spring training. But that’s all I’ve been focused on. So if I get a phone call [about a trade] --and I’ve got them before -- so be it. It happens. At this point I’m excited to stay here. But if it happens, it happens.”

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