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Chicago Cubs Weekend Update: Garza, Concepcion, Miller

The Chicago Cubs had a busy week -- they avoided arbitration with Matt Garza, signed Gerardo Concepcion and Trever Miller, and signed twenty-one others to minor league contracts. Here's what we covered on the Cubs over the past week, along with a great story from Bleed Cubbie Blue about the club investing in the Dominican Republic:

  • Chicago Cubs, Matt Garza agree to 1-Year, $9.5M Deal - MLB Daily Dish
    The Chicago Cubs have signed Matt Garza to a 1-year, $9.5 million contract with bonuses, according to his agency, CAA Baseball. Garza and the Cubs thus avoid arbitration. Garza had filed for $10.225 million while the team offered $7.95 million -- so the agreed upon $9.5M is just over the halfway point.

Cubs To Build Baseball Academy In The Dominican Republic - Bleed Cubbie Blue
It will be located in La Gina and at 50 acres, the Cubs' new baseball academy will be the largest property of any academy in the D.R. In addition to baseball training, the academy will house the players and serve as an educational center.

It will be a year-round training facility for major league players (during the offseason) as well as minor league players. In addition to the Dominican Republic, the academy will serve players from many other countries, including Venezuela, Panama, Colombia, Brazil, Nicaragua, Aruba, Curacao and Mexico.