Matt Garza and the Milwaukee Brewers finalized their contract negotiations on January 26th, 2014. The sides agreed on a four-year deal guaranteeing the eight year veteran $50 Million. The deal includes, incentives and a fifth year option that can push this deal to be worth $67 Million.
Garza's 2013 season started on the disabled list with a lateral muscle injury. When he returned, he pitched 71 innings for the Chicago Cubs, posting a 1.141 WHIP, 3.17 ERA and 3.10 K/BB. His second half performance with the Texas Rangers left much to be desired, but his combined numbers in 2013 were better than the league average (1.3 WHIP, 3.87 ERA, 2.57 K/BB) and right on par with his career stats (1.283 WHIP, 3.84 ERA, 2.55 K/BB). Br
He ended 2013 with a 1.236 WHIP (Second best of his career) and a career best 3.24 K/BB. If Garza can stay healthy, he is looking to anchor a staff that has a good mixture of young talent and Major League experience. Rotation mates Kyle Loshe and Yovani Gallardo both have ace stuff, but they also have their question marks after last year (Lohse had injuries while Gallardo seemed to struggle out of no where).
Also, the young combination of Marco Estrada and Willy Peralta gives the Brewers a strong foundation to build on for years to come. Assuming health, the addition of Garza will solidify a strong starting five in Milwaukee.