MLB Rumors: Angels interested in signing Matt Garza?

Sep 18, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Matt Garza (22) reacts in the dugout during the sixth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Angels are in need of starting pitching and were though to be a suitor for Masahiro Tanaka, who reportedly prefers to pitch on the West Coast. However, recently reports suggest the Angels never met with Tanaka and aren’t likely to sign him.

That’s likely why the Angels did meet with fellow free agent pitcher, Matt Garza, who most recently pitched with fellow division foe, the Texas Rangers.

Arte Moreno said Angels are still trying to improve pitching; they did not meet with Tanaka but he confirmed talks with Matt Garza.

Garza, unlike many fellow free agent pitchers (Ubaldo Jimenez, Ervin Santana) does not come with draft pick compensation attached as the Rangers didn’t extend him a qualifying offer. That means the signing team won’t be forced to forfeit a draft pick if they are able to agree on a contract.

What type of deal Garza is looking for is currently unknown, though it’s expected he (and other free agent pitchers) will likely wait for Tanaka to sign in hopes he will set the market.

Topics: Los Angeles Angels, Matt Garza

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