Matt Garza signing with the Milwaukee Brewers was viewed as a bit of a surprise, especially in light of revelations that the perceived favorite team to sign him offered practically the same contract. For Garza, it was just an issue of timing, says Brewers beat writer Adam McCalvy.
Matt Garza talked this a.m. about his interaction with Angels. Said he was on vacation when the offer came & didn't want to think baseball.
— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) February 17, 2014
The Brewers signed Garza to a four-year, $50 million contract as he came off of a season split between the Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers. He pitched to a 10-6 overall record with a 3.82 ERA. It has been revealed since then that the Angels offered Garza a four-year, $52 million contract, which he obviously turned down.
There is a strong possibility that the offer from Angels’ General Manager Jerry DiPoto wasn’t there when Garza came back from vacation; the Angels are known to not keep contract offers for free agents on the table for long.