Friday, February 3, 2012

The Cubs and Matt Garza avoid arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $9.5MM deal (and other Cubs news from the past week)

The news of the Cubs and Matt Garza agreeing on a one-year, $9.5 million contract is a great way to end the week.  I am very pleased (as are many fellow Cubs fans) to have Garza locked in for the 2012 season.  His unparalleled enthusiasm and intensity brings a lot of life to the team.  Not to mention, he will also be the #1 or #2 starter for the Cubs.  Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer were also able to keep up their streak of never going to arbitration with a player.

In other Cubs news, Randy Wells' alma mater, Belleville East High School in Belleville, IL is honoring the Cubs starting pitcher by having "Randy Wells Night" during tonight's home varsity basketball game, where Wells will be presented with a framed jersey that will be displayed at the school.  Wells recently signed a one-year, $2.705 million contract with the Cubs following a 2011 season that ended with a 7-6 record and a 4.99 ERA.  Wells was placed on the disabled list after his first start on April 4, 2011 with a strained forearm and missed the first couple of months of the season.  He finished up the season strong with a 4-0 record, 3.32 ERA and a complete game over six starts in August.

The Cubs also signed Cuban left-handed pitcher Gerardo Concepcion, pitcher Ryan Rowland-Smith, left-handed reliever Trever Miller, and infielders Edgar Gonzalez and Matt Tolbert. 

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