Yesterday it was announced that the Cubs and Matt Garza have agreed to terms on a one year deal, which avoids arbitration. The deal is valued at $10.25 mil and allows the Cubs to continue to market him to outside teams for a trade. It’s a modest raise, which is what I predicted would happen and leaves the appeal in the trade market due to the low cost and small committment in terms of length. I like the move a lot going forward as I think Garza is healthy and will be dealt for a nice package of pieces to improve this team’s future.
The deal leaves just Jeff Samardzija and James Russell as the only two left to work out deals with before going to arbitration. The rumors out there were that Samardzija and the Cubs were working on a multi-year deal, but are now said to just be looking at terms of a one year contract. My guess is that should a one year deal get done, and Samardzija show again that he can be a productive member of the rotation, the multi-year deal will come next off-season.
On a side note…Mark Prior was in town to counsel and teach the prospects in the system. No word on if a lesson on the towel drill was given.