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Cubs, Matt Garza avoid arbitration

Updated: February 3, 2012, 8:29 PM ET
By Bruce Levine | ESPNChicago.com

Pitcher Matt Garza and the Chicago Cubs avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract Friday.

The deal is for $9.5 million plus performance bonuses, according to Garza's representation, CAA Sports.

Garza and the Cubs were scheduled to have an arbitration hearing Friday in Florida. Garza was asking for $12.5 million, and the Cubs were going to come in at $7.95 million, according to a major league source.

Garza was the Cubs' top pitcher last ...

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