The Cubs and right-hander Matt Garza have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $10.25 million contract. Garza’s representation at CAA Baseball made the announcement on Twitter.
Garza gets a slight raise from the $9.5 million salary he made last season. The 29-year-old right-hander posted a 3.91 ERA and 96/32 K/BB ratio over 103 2/3 innings before being shut down in mid-July with a stress reaction in his right elbow.
Garza has resumed throwing and is expected to be ready for spring training, but he could become a valuable trade chip if he proves his health. He’s currently set to become a free agent following the 2013 season.
The Rangers announced a minor trade, sending third baseman Patrick Wisdom to the Cardinals for utilityman Drew Robinson. More interestingly, the club also announced that former pitcher Brandon McCarthy has joined the Rangers’ front office as a special assistant to general manager Jon Daniels.
McCarthy, 35, retired after the 2018 season. He was done following a June 24 start against the Orioles, never quite able to fully recover from a knee injury. The right-hander battled injuries throughout his 13-year career, which he spent with the White Sox, Rangers, Athletics, Diamondbacks, Yankees, Dodgers, and Braves.
It isn’t surprising that McCarthy has landed in a front office following his playing career. He has always shown an aptitude for analytics, the understanding of which is essentially a must-have in front office roles these days.