From the Wire … Cubs Avoid Arbitration with Matt Garza

According to a report from Jon Heyman, the Cubs and Matt Garza avoided arbitration on Tuesday. Garza agreed to a one-year deal worth $5.95 million.

With Matt Garza avoiding arbitration, the Cubs have agreed to terms with four of their six arbitration eligible players … Koyie Hill, Jeff Baker, Geovany Soto and Matt Garza.

Sean Marshall and Carlos Marmol are the only two arbitration eligible players left unsigned.

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  • Richard Hood

    5.95 million is a good number. There was a number of people using 6 as his low range and 9 as his high.

  • Rswartz

    Does this means he is no longer under team control for three years?

    • Richard Hood

      No he still is until after the 2013 season. He just doesn’t have a contract till then. It would not shock me at all to see an extension signed before next off season. They want to get the first year started first to get into ST without bad blood that Arbitration can sometimes cause (Ryan Theriot).

    • Neil

      No, Matt Garza is under the Cubs control until after the 2013 season. This is the second year Garza was arbitration eligible (super two status) so the Cubs will have to agree to two more one-year contracts. The Cubs can sign him to a contract that would buy out his remaining arbitration years … Like they just did with Sean Marshall or what the Reds did with Joey Votto.

  • Tony

    I have to believe that this came with the parameters of a 3-4 year deal, to buy out his arbitration years. Garza would have won a bigger payday, going to arbitration, but especially as a pitcher, you want the guaranteed contract. We all knew that JH needed to convince him to take a lower number in 2011, to fit into budget.