The Cubs avoided their biggest potential arbitration case Thursday by agreeing to a one-year, $10.25 million deal with starting pitcher Matt Garza.

Garza, who nearly was traded last July before an elbow injury sidelined him for the rest of the season, is eligible for free agency after this season. He made $9.5 million in 2012, when he went 5-7 with a 3.91 ERA in 18 starts.