Cubs Agree To One-Year, $9.5 Million Deal With Matt Garza To Avoid Arbitration

Friday February 3rd, 2012

The Chicago Cubs have agreed to a one-year, $9.5 million contract to avoid arbitration, according to a tweet from his agency.

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Garza, 28, posted a 10-10 record in his first season with the Cubs in 2011. He recorded a 3.32 ERA in 31 games for Chicago, while striking out 197 batters in 198 innings pitched. The club acquired the right-hander just last winter, and still have him under control through the 2013 season. There have been rumors this winter, however, that the club is looking to move Garza. Garza was has posted a sub-four ERA each year since 2007 when he started 15 games for the Minnesota Twins. The right-handed pitcher also spent two seasons on another American League East team, the Tampa Bay Rays.

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