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.