Game On! Brewers Officially Sign Matt Garza | Disciples of Uecker

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The Brewers and Matt Garza have officially agreed to a 4-year, $50M deal. According to Adam McCalvy, the deal includes $4M in incentives and a $13M vesting option for a fifth year.

The total value of the contract could reach 5-years, $67M if everything goes right for Matt Garza and the Brewers. The deal was announced by Brewers’ owner Mark Attanasio at the annual “On Deck” event, which took place Sunday at the Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee. The $50M guaranteed makes Garza’s deal the richest free agent signing in Brewers history. Surpassing the 4-year, $42M deal given to Jeff Suppan in 2007.   

News that both sides had agreed to a deal first leaked on Thursday. Hours later, the Brewers publicly denied that anything was official. Saying only that negotiations were ongoing. Over the next few days, Brewers’ fans stewed over the delay and the rumors swirled. Was there a problem with Garza’s medicals? Did Garza’s camp want the money doled out in equal parts while the Brewers preferred to backload his contract? Was the leaked initial agreement only a ploy to drum up interest in Garza from other teams with deeper pockets?

With both camps battening down the hatches and refusing to comment, all Brewers’ fan could do was cross their fingers and endlessly refresh their Twitter feed. Finally, relief came this afternoon when the team made the Garza signing official. Tom Haudricourt asserted that Garza’s medicals were not to blame for the delay.


According to Haudricourt, the language surrounding Garza’s vesting option might have been the hold up. Part of that language probably includes what Jon Heyman described as a “reasonable” workload to vest the option for a fifth year.

While the Garza waiting game might not have been good for our nerves, it did allow the staff at Disciples of Uecker plenty of time to evaluate the impact Garza will have on the Crew. On Thursday we ran an initial article assessing Matt Garza’s addition to the club. But check back tomorrow, and every day this week, for a further examination of Garza and his deal. How his addition changes the landscape for the Brewers rotation, the NL Central race, and much more.

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  1. Scott Gran says: January 26, 2014

    This Deal is FAR Better than the Suppan Deal for obvious reasons. Garza is in his Prime, though he has a injury history when he is healthy he’s one of the best statistically. Also Suppan was near the end of his career and it was just a move of need by the Brewers when all other options were gone. Great Move by Melvin.

  2. Gman says: January 26, 2014

    Presented by Jeff Sullivan at fangraphs:

    All starters, 2011-13, 300 inning min.

    Rank: 34th out of 125
    Names nearby: Mat Latos, CC Sabathia, Adam Wainwright

    Rank: 22nd out of 125
    Names nearby: James Shields, Jake Peavy, Jordan Zimmermann

    Rank: 23rd out of 125
    Names nearby: Hiroki Kuroda, Jeff Samardzija, Gio Gonzalez

    Uhhhhh…not bad company. let’s keep this guy healthy. He’s NEVER been a bad pitcher, just some injury worries.

  3. Eugene Mannarino says: January 26, 2014

    hi any hear if the Brewers indiviual tickets go on sale we are flying in from NY to see them play the yanks in may to see our first brewer gme

  4. Dan V says: January 26, 2014

    Breaking news, I actually know what the hold up was… They were trying to force him to shave that goatee in his contract. We’ll know over spring training if the succeeded. Nice work Doug.


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