The Cubs and newly acquired “ace” Matt Garza agreed upon a 1-year, $5.95 million deal this week. That means the 2 sides won’t have to go to arbitration in February. That is a great way to start a relationship like this. And if Garza has a solid 2011 campaign for the Cubs and pitches at least 200 innings, look for the Cubs to try to lock up the big righty before he becomes a free agent following the 2013 MLB season. Garza will join Carlos Zambrano, Ryan Dempster and Randy Wells in the starting rotation.
The Cubs acquired Garza 2 weeks ago along with 2 Tampa Bay Rays prospects. The Cubs gave up Sam Fuld plus 4 high level prospects to land Garza.
Garza has made at least 30 starts each of the last 3 seasons. He has also topped at least 203 innings pitched each of the last 2 seasons (he tossed 184+ innings in 2008). His WHIP has not been higher than 1.26 in each of his last 3 seasons and he has also kept his ERA under 4.00 despite pitching in the difficult AL East with powerhouses like the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays. This is all good news for the Cubs as they look to continue to rebuild and re-tool over the next 2 seasons until they can shed some payroll….