Whatever the outcome of this story, it might be that there was no news to begin with. It might have simply been something that was almost news, at which point the combination of overanxious sources and reporters made for a situation where a deal that had not officially happened got reported anyway.
Adam McCalvy reported the following about the deal on MLB.com:
Brewers general manager Doug Melvin did not immediately respond to a telephone message, and assistant GM Gord Ash said he couldn’t comment. Garza’s agent, Nez Balelo, also declined to comment.
One source privy to the negotiations said there was no update as of mid-afternoon, and advised all interested parties to ‘stay tuned.’ He declined to say, even in general terms, what was impeding the deal.”
Melvin did reply to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, who reported the following:
General manager Doug Melvin replied to a message asking if there were any developments in the talks by saying, ‘Nothing yet.’ The ‘yet’ part of that response also suggested negotiations were still taking place.
Melvin was conducting negotiations with agent Nez Balelo, who also represents the Brewers’ Ryan Braun. The Brewers took the unusual step Thursday evening of releasing a statement saying that ‘despite media reports’ they had no deal with Garza but were still negotiating.
It’s sounding more and more like this never advanced beyond the negotiating table and we collectively jumped the gun. We know what we know, and so we wait to see if Garza ends up in Milwaukee.