matt garza chinMatt Garza is eligible for arbitration in 2013, his final year of control by the Chicago Cubs, and he’s set to hit free agency after that. Having missed the second half of 2012 with a stress reaction in his pitching elbow, and after exchanging figures at this time last year that saw the two sides very far apart on his contract for 2012, it was fair to wonder whether nailing down a number for Garza for 2013 was going to be a little tricky.

But, no. It won’t be. In fact, it’s already done:

According to Garza’s agents, the deal is for $10.25 million, and it avoids arbitration for 2013. Obviously the two sides could look to discuss a long-term extension at any time, but at a minimum, they won’t have to go through the arbitration process. Garza made $9.5 million last year, so the slight bump sounds about right.

The Cubs’ two remaining arbitration eligible players are James Russell and Jeff Samardzija.

  • Demarrer

    Arbitration with Russell and Jeff should go relatively easily. Good job all around.

  • ETS

    [broken record] extend garza [/broken record]

    • Marc N.

      Yep. I’m really starting to think this is the move to make.

    • Danny Ballgame

      Yup yup

    • Mike

      Agreed. I would have been in agreement with extending him, until the elbow injury. I know pitchers get injured all the time, but now is not the time to extend him. I say, see if he can pitch effectively and in good health in 2013 and then trade him at the deadline. If he’s not traded at the deadline (or maybe even this upcoming spring training), and can stay healthy the entire year, see if he can be extended in, say, September. But, even then, I just don’t have a good feeling about his elbow. Trade him asap.

  • DarthHater

    What? No feline sleepwear references?

  • Josh Kirby

    Ok, sorry for being dumb, but what exactly does avoiding arbitration do? Just save time/team to player relationships?

    • ETS

      Well, it means you pay the player a # the FO (and the player) can live with rather than leaving it in the hands of an arbitrator for one.

    • Kyle

      Saves the relationship and cuts down the risk on both sides. Team puts forward a lowish number, player puts forward a highish number, arbitrator picks one of the two numbers. This way, the middle ground is reached.

    • Mick

      Yep, you nailed it. The only other angle I can see is it removes the risk from the player and team from being underpaid or over compensated since the arbitrator can only choose either the team’s or player’s proposal.

  • Kyle

    That’s definitely a little less than I would have guessed. Injury or not, you don’t usually hear the phrase ‘very small raise’ in conjunction with a guy’s final arbitration year.

    That puts us at … eh, I’m too tired to do roster math right now.

    • Luke

      … in a position to invest serious dollars when the right players come along.

      • Mick

        Is Scott Hariston that right player? If we’re serious about contending, Hariston would be awesome an awesome platoonmate for Schierholtz.

        • MichiganGoat

          No he’ll never be “that guy” and his salary is minimal in the big picture. He’s not a guy that will win or lose us much in the grand scheme. He’d be a nice filler but he also doesn’t have much value over the potential that Sapplet and Jackson might provide. Plus if he joins the Cubs then Campana is gone and we lose an infinite amount of scrappy factor and really, really, really fast speed – two things that can never ever ever ever ever be replaced. 😉

          • Patrick W.

            I love ya goat, but I have an honest question… has anybody here actually ever used the word scrappy to define Campana? I don’t think Campana is any more than a luxury on a team where you have 4 really good outfielders and a good utility guy… he’s a 25th man on a very good team that can afford to carry otherwise dead weight. Some fans here probably put too much value in his transcendent speed. But who ever defended him as being scrappy?

            • CubFan Paul

              …you must be new patrick

              • hansman1982

                Lay off Patrick, he has a lot of heart and winning in him.

            • MichiganGoat

              Thanks Patrick, the scrappy moniker has been used around here for a while and I use it a ton for players who have a greater fandom than they have success. Campana is the current Scrappy leader but we’ve had many others in the past.

      • Kyle

        Yeah, but that’s been true for awhile now.

    • Mick

      My payroll spreadsheet’s at work but $10.25 million is only slightly above the $10 million mlbtraderumors had estimated. Plus, we’re still waiting for Villanueva to officially sign. Beyond that, the Cubs only have Russell and Shark as arbitration eligible. I believe we’re at around $103 million???

  • The Dude

    Sounds like the Cubs offered 9.5 and Garza’s camp offered 11 … Easy compromise

  • Tim

    You guys hear the cubs invited mark prior along with woody to talk to all the young players in spring training?

  • praying the cubs get ready to win

    Brett any deals before spring training really going to happen in your opinion?

  • AV

    Why are we in such a hurry to trade Garza?
    Very good pitcher, leader, competitor
    Young enough to keep

  • Curt

    It’s a little funny in this day and age of will I have a job tomorrow, that a 750,000 raise for being hurt for 1/2 a season is described as a slight bump, I know that’s how things are done in mlb these days but I don’t think he deserved any raise , but he’d have gotten probably more if he’d gone to arbitration .

    • Pat

      Dont think of it as a raise, think of it as vesting in profit sharing or a pension plan. He gets more money because the final year of arbitration should pay approximately 80 percent of market value vs. 60 percent in year two. In Garza’s case, since I believe he had super two status, last year would have been closer to seventy percent, but the point remains.

      The really interesting part is translating his asking price into what an extension might cost. Last year his asking price indicated he though he was worth 17 to 18 million a year. It looks like he realizes that number is closer to 13 or 14. At that price he is worth extending.

      • Brett

        Oh yeah – I can’t wait to dig into the potential extension implications of this. If he’d asked for, say, $12 million, and the Cubs offered $9 million, that could have been a further clue that an extension just wasn’t going to happen.

        Now? If he’s healthy? Maybe there is a point at which the two sides can meet.

  • dan

    75 wins wthout Hairston 80 wit him

  • dan

    sorry with

  • cubzforlife

    There is no way Hairston is worth 5 wins. You would need a Barry Bonds type player to bring five wins.

  • Die hard

    Garza will not make it to fifth start unless change mechanics

    • TWC

      Well, well, well… Oz has spoken.

      • hansman1982

        The sun will not rise tomorrow unless drive chariot

  • Andrewmoore4isu

    Trade garza at deadline for B ranked prospects sign garza at end of season. GENIUS and nothing shall get in the way