Cubs avoid salary arbitration with Matt Garza, striking deal for 2012

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Chicago Cubs signed pitcher Matt Garza to a one-year contract. This deal allows the two sides to avoid arbitration.

The deal is reportedly worth $7.95 million, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. He made more than $5 million in 2011.

Chicago Cubs pitcher Matt Garza pitches against the San Diego Padres
Matt Garza pitches against the San Diego Padres (Getty Images)

“He’s a top-of-the-rotation-type starter,” said Cubs General Manager Theo Epstein. “He has proven it in the American League East and he proved it here last year in the National League Central.”

With this agreement, Epstein has never gone to arbitration with a player. He is also eligible for salary arbitration once again following the 2012 season.

He is eligible to become a free agent after the 2013 season.

The Selma, California native was 5-7 with the Cubs. He had a 3.91 ERA in 18 starts. He allowed 48 runs (45 earned runs) on 90 hits, including 15 home runs) on 103 2/3 innings.

Garza also struck out 96 batters and walked 32. The 103.2 innings were the fewest in his career since his second-year in 2007 when he threw 83 innings.

In addition, the 5-7 record snapped two straight seasons, where he had at least 10 wins. He had a 15-10 mark in 2010 and a 10-10 mark in 2011. Garza is entering his third season with the Cubs.

He was acquired in a trade on Jan. 8, 2011 that sent himself and Fernando Perez and Zac Rosscup to the Cubs for prospect Hak-Ju Lee, Chris Archer, Robinson Chirinos, Sam Fuld, and Brandon Guyer.

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