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Cubs, Matt Garza Avoid Arbitration

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Starting pitcher Matt Garza  of the Chicago Cubs looks up at Nationals Park in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Starting pitcher Matt Garza of the Chicago Cubs looks up at Nationals Park in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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The Theo Epstein/Jed Hoyer era in Chicago begins with the team avoiding any arbitration hearings. The last unsigned player was Matt Garza, and this tweet from his agent gives the scoop on Garza's deal:

Matt Garza agrees to $9.5 Million contract + Performance Bonuses to avoid arbitration. #Cubs #MLB
Feb 03 via web Favorite Retweet Reply

The Cubs had offered $7.95 million and Garza had asked for $12.5 million; the midpoint of those was $10.225 million, so the settlement is somewhat less than that, although the unspecified "performance bonuses" could presumably make up the difference.

Just 15 days until pitchers and catchers report to Mesa to begin workouts.