Sep 26, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Matt Garza (22) throws during the first inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Rumors: Angels offered Matt Garza four-year contract before pulling it


The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim said they weren’t in the market for starting pitching, but that was clearly nothing more than smoke blowing as Buster Olney of ESPN reports the Angels offered Matt Garza a four-year contract earlier this offseason.

Garza, who recently signed with the Milwaukee Brewers didn’t immediately accept the deal which resulted in the Angels pulling the contract offer.

Angels had 4-year offer to Matt Garza on the table early in winter, for about what he got from MILW,but pulled it after it wasn’t accepted.

Angels owner Artie Moreno is known to have a quick trigger finger and will pull offers if they’re not accepted in an extremely timely fashion. Garza, apparently wanting to test the market, didn’t accept quick enough which resulted in the Angels removing the offer off the table.

It didn’t serve Garza well as he ended up signing for a very similar contract, though he will get to pitch in the National League – a place where he has experienced the best seasons of his career.

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