Cubs, Garza agree to terms on 2012 contract

The Chicago Cubs and right-hander Matt Garza avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to terms on a 2012 contract. Terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed.

Garza, 28, is expected to anchor the Cubs pitching staff this season, after going 10-10 with a 3.32 ERA in 31 starts last year. He also led the team in strikeouts, with 197 in 198 innings pitched. Last season, Garza’s first with the Cubs, marked the third time in his career he’s reached at least 10 wins.

Garza was acquired from Tampa Bay in an eight-player deal on Jan. 8, 2011. He’s holds a 52-54 career mark, with a 3.83 ERA in 152 appearances (149 starts) with Minnesota, Tampa Bay and Chicago.

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