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Quade Tries to Mold Cubs Into Winner
CHICAGO (AP) -- Mike Quade had gone fishing, a passion for him that ranks right up there with baseball. On his way to the boat earlier this month, a call came from general manager Jim Hendry. Seems the Cubs were on the verge of hooking a big one.

The Cubs were nearing a deal for a pitcher who could be at the top of their rotation, a right-hander with an emotional approach and a dominating fastball who had won 15 games while pitching in the formidable AL East last season -- Tampa Bay's Matt Garza.

Quade turned off his phone, hit the water for four hours and when he got to his offseason home in Florida heard talk radio bemoaning that the Rays had lost Garza.

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