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Matt Garza and the Chicago Cubs have agreed to a $10.25 million, one-year contract that avoids salary arbitration.
Creative Artists Agency, which represents the right-hander, announced the deal Thursday night on Twitter. Garza also posted on his account, ''Business side over! Hooray! Time to focus on what really matters 2013.''
Garza avoided arbitration a year ago as well, agreeing to a $9.5 million deal with the Cubs, and was a potential trade candidate before he was derailed by an injury to his pitching elbow against St. Louis on July 21.
He missed the rest of the season, finishing 5-7 with a 3.91 ERA in 18 starts.
Garza, the 2008 AL championship series MVP with Tampa Bay, can become a free agent after the upcoming season.
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Jesse Rogers of ESPN-Chicago
reports that Theo Epstein, Chicago Cubs GM, spoke optimistically about two of
his projected starting pitchers for 2013, Matt Garza and Scott Baker.
"Both guys should be ready to start the year," Epstein said
Baker, 31, was acquired via free agency on November 13. The righty
starter has spent his entire career with...
There have been several trade rumors swirling around Chicago
Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano this offseason, but the veteran told Carrie Muskat of MLB.com that he hopes to remain with the club and be a part of their
next winning team.
"I want to stay here and finish my career here and try
to win before I retire," Soriano said. "I signed here to bring a
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