Matt Garza will make $10.25 million in his walk year before potentially cashing in as a free agent. The Cubs reached an agreement on Thursday with perhaps their most marketable trade chip, leaving right-hander Jeff Samardzija and reliever James Russell as their two remaining arbitration cases. A team source confirmed the deal, which was first announced on Twitter by Garza's agency, CAA Sports. Garza made $9.5 million last year, going 5-7 with a 3.91 ERA in 18 starts, but he didn't throw a pitch after July 21 because of a stress reaction in his right elbow. That killed his trade value, which won't be restored until he proves he's healthy again. Garza has resumed a throwing program and sounded upbeat on his personal Twitter account. General manager Jed Hoyer has said that Garza should have no restrictions in spring training, while team president Theo Epstein expects the 29-year-old pitcher to be ready by Opening Day. The Cubs aren't going to move Garza as soon as he's made a few Cactus League starts. It sounds like the probable scenario is that he and his teammates will get a chance to jell in Arizona, a runway for a few months during the regular season, to show where they're at before the front office would decide to become sellers. On Wednesday, Epstein was asked a question about Garza and his standing in the organization once pitchers and catchers report to Mesa next month. "We teach our hitters to take like a 'yes, yes, yes, no approach,'" Epstein said, "to be aggressive, as if every pitch is going to be a pitch they can drive – until it's not, and then they take it. That's the same thing you do for a season. Once you get to spring training, you're there to win – until you're not.
Matt Garza's future includes $10.25 million deal with Cubs
CSN Chicago | Jan 18