While the rest of the baseball world went gaga over Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, we are learning more and more about the number of teams that pursued Matt Garza, who eventually signed with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that Garza turned down a three-year, $42 million offer from the Minnesota Twins before inking his deal with the Brewers:
— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) February 22, 2014
That is short of the four-year, $50 million he signed with the Brewers, though Darren Wolfson of ESPN 1500 reports that the Twins had a vesting option for a 4th year in their offer:
— Darren Wolfson (@DarrenWolfson) February 22, 2014
If nothing else, these reports buck any perception that the Twins see 2014 as another rebuilding year, as they tried to add Garza in addition to signing Ricky Nolaso and Phil Hughes to bolster their starting rotation.
As for Garza, it sounds like he had plenty to choose from before signing with Milwaukee. He turned down less money and years from Minnesota, and he turned down the Angels because he was on vacation.
It’s always nice to feel wanted (cue shot of Ervin Santana crying quietly to himself).