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Matt Garza agrees to one-year, $10.25 million deal with Cubs to avoid arbitration

Jan 17, 2013, 10:11 PM EDT

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The Cubs and right-hander Matt Garza have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $10.25 million contract. Garza’s representation at CAA Baseball made the announcement on Twitter.

Garza gets a slight raise from the $9.5 million salary he made last season. The 29-year-old right-hander posted a 3.91 ERA and 96/32 K/BB ratio over 103 2/3 innings before being shut down in mid-July with a stress reaction in his right elbow.

Garza has resumed throwing and is expected to be ready for spring training, but he could become a valuable trade chip if he proves his health. He’s currently set to become a free agent following the 2013 season.

  1. virusgvr - Jan 17, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    How is his crappy pitching and 35 times he appears all year worth 10 million bucks??? Think of the math on that…. 285,000.00 per game!!!! 40,000.00 per inning if he pitches just 7 innings a game!

    • Alex K - Jan 18, 2013 at 9:20 AM

      Crappy pitching? If you think Garza is crappy I don’t think you know much about pitcher performance.

  2. yankeepunk3000 - Jan 17, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    Garza will be a fine trade piece a few months from now

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