The Chicago Cubs will announce on Friday that they have to come to terms on a one year, $1o.5 million contract with starting pitcher Matt Garza. Garza was eligible for arbitration and the starting pitcher was bound to receive a raise from the $9.5 million he made with the Cubs during the 2012 season.
There is no hiding the fact that Garza had a disappointing season in 2012. Garza posted a record of 5 and 7 while consummating an ERA of 3.91 before being sidelined for the remainder of the season in July due to an elbow injury. Had Garza not gotten injured, chances are the starting pitcher would be a member of the Texas Rangers at this point in time. The Cubs and Rangers were working towards an agreement on a trade that would have sent Garza to Texas prior to last season’s trading deadline. However, Garza’s injury ended any possibility of Garza being traded during the 2012 season.
There has been endless speculation this off-season as to whether or not the Cubs will trade Garza at some point during the 2013 season. Speculation has continued that the Rangers remain interested in Garza, and the Cubs have shown a strong interest in Rangers’ third base prospect Mike Olt. Though before Garza is legitimate candidate to be traded, the starting pitcher must prove that he is healthy. The expectation is that Garza will be ready by Opening Day.
Pitchers James Russell and Jeff Samardzija are the remaining players that have filed for arbitration with the Cubs. The team is still hopeful that they can work out a deal with both pitchers and avoid arbitration.