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Garza gets $9.5 million, from the Cubs or . . .

Posted on: February 3, 2012 10:37 am
Edited on: February 3, 2012 10:58 am
 
Matt Garza and the Cubs avoided arbitration Friday morning by settling on a contract that will pay him $9.5 million and also includes performance bonuses.

Next question: Who will pay him that $9.5 million?

Garza has been the subject of trade talks for much of the winter, and some people who speak regularly with Cubs management believe that the team will continue shopping him in spring training. There could be a lively market for starting pitching in March, with the Yankees, Nationals and Rays all going into spring with more than five starters, and with the White Sox still believed to be open to moving Gavin Floyd, as well.

Garza's settlement wouldn't figure to hurt the Cubs' chances of moving him. The pitcher had asked for $12.5 million, while the Cubs filed at $7.95 million. The settlement is below the $10.225 million midpoint, but the bonuses could raise it above that.

The Red Sox have been one of the teams most interested in adding a starting pitcher, but they've also been insisting that they don't have much money in their budget. They reportedly offered Edwin Jackson only $5-6 million, and he signed with the Nationals for twice that.

The 28-year-old Garza had a good first year with the Cubs, with 198 innings pitched and a 3.32 ERA. He had a 10-10 record that can be attributed more to the team's ineptitude than to how he pitched.

Former Cubs general manager Jim Hendry gave up a lot of talent to get Garza from the Rays last winter, but Epstein's clear plan has been to completely rebuild, and Garza may fit in best by bringing a nice return on the trade market.



Category: MLB
Tags: Cubs, Matt Garza
 
Comments

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 2:33 pm
 

Garza gets $9.5 million, from the Cubs or . . .

Cubs are eating 15 million of zambranos salary so whos to say they wont eat some of garzas if they can get a player they want.



Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 1:28 pm
 

Garza gets $9.5 million, from the Cubs or . . .

I don't see Garza going anywhere now. I don't think he is that much better than Jackson, who was offered 5M. Why would the Red Sox pay 10M for Garza, plus trade someone for him? And I doubt the Cubs would eat Garza's salary and trade him away, that is very unlikley to happen. I suppose Garza could be the compensation the Red Sox would get for Epstein, but only if the Red Sox pay that salary. But I doubt that will happen too.



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 1:11 pm
 

Garza gets $9.5 million, from the Cubs or . . .

What may happen is that the Cubs and Red Sox make some sort of trade, working the Theo Epstein compensation into the equation.  Sox have had their eyes on Matt Garza ever since the Cubs signed Theo.
That sound like a good idea for the Red Sox for they get a solid SP



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 1:08 pm
 

Garza gets $9.5 million, from the Cubs or . . .

I don't think that Garza going anywhere, there been an lot of rumors that he going to be traded. But so far nothing has happen and there an few teams that looking for SP, So it's either the Cubs asking price is too high or that Garza salary would be a issue.



Since: Dec 22, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 1:02 pm
 

Garza gets $9.5 million, from the Cubs or . . .

What may happen is that the Cubs and Red Sox make some sort of trade, working the Theo Epstein compensation into the equation.  Sox have had their eyes on Matt Garza eve rsince the Cubs signed Theo.



Since: Nov 18, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:41 pm
 

Garza gets $9.5 million, from the Cubs or . . .

If the Cubs can get back what they traded away to get Garza then trade away, if not keep him for 2012 and see what 2013 brings in trade value.  No need to trade him for peanuts.  We all know some team will be hot for him when the trade deadline comes around and a team is making a play for a deep playoff run.



Since: Jan 15, 2009
Posted on: February 3, 2012 10:54 am
 

Garza gets $9.5 million, from the Cubs or . . .

I believe that Matt Garza earned this settlement after pitching great last year following a very rocky start. He will help stabilize the rotation at the top and keep the Cubs somewhat competitive this year. Even if they move him, I believe the Cubs-or whoever he gets traded to- will have control of him in 2013 as well for a "fair" price. He will fetch quite a bit in trade and I would like to see the Cubs start the year with him and see how this team performs before waiving the white flag. I believe his value will only increase as the season goes on, yielding a much larger return.


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