Social Navigation

Semi-Relief: The Cubs and Matt Garza Have Avoided Arbitration

Chicago Cubs News, Chicago Cubs Transactions

With a hearing looming (today), the Chicago Cubs and Matt Garza have agreed on a one-year deal for 2012. Garza will get $9.5 million, with the possibility of additional performance bonuses.

Garza, 28, in his third of four arbitration years, had requested $12.5 million for 2012, while the Cubs had offered $7.95 million. Given Garza’s lofty request, it’s no surprise the two sides settled below the midpoint. It’s still a win for Garza, whom most thought would get around $8.5 to $9 million for 2012. You have to wonder: who blinked at the last minute?

With the signing out of the way, the Cubs can now theoretically resume trade talks about Garza, presuming his price tag isn’t too lofty for interested teams. Otherwise, the Cubs might instead prefer to continue dialoging with Garza’s camp about a long-term extension.



Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor of Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation.


Bleacher Nation Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Bleacher Nation is a private media site, and it is not affiliated in any way with Major League Baseball or the Chicago Cubs. Neither MLB nor the Chicago Cubs have endorsed, supported, directed, or participated in the creation of the content at this site, or in the creation of the site itself. It's just a media site that happens to cover MLB and the Chicago Cubs.

Bleacher Nation is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to