Garza’s Arbitration Filing Higher Than First Reported

According to reports from Bruce Levine and Jon Heyman, Matt Garza filed for $12.5 million arbitration figure for the upcoming season, not the $10.225 originally reported. The Cubs offered $7.95 million.

Matt Garza was paid $5.95 million last year.

Matt Garza is the only arbitration eligible player unsigned for 2012. The Cubs avoided arbitration on Tuesday by agreeing to one-year deals with Jeff Baker ($1.375 million), Blake DeWitt ($1.1 million), Geovany Soto ($4.3 million), Ian Stewart ($2.3755 million), Chris Volstad ($2.655 million) and Randy Wells ($2.705 million). Also by avoiding arbitration with Volstad for $2.655 million, the Cubs were able to complete the trade with the Marlins for Carlos Zambrano. Miami will receive $15.345 million from the Cubs towards Zambrano’s $18 million salary for 2012.

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