Brewers land SP Garza on four-year, $50 million deal
Several days earlier, news broke that a deal had been reached, but those reports were premature. Sources say that "payouts of deferred money and the details of the vesting option (in Garza's contract)" were the holdups, but the two sides ironed everything out over the weekend and ended up getting the deal done.
While the deal is technically a four-year contract, there is also a $13 million vesting option for a fifth season. For those who don't know, a vesting option is picked up if a player hits certain statistical benchmarks (i.e. innings pitched, games played, ERA, etc.). The specific details of Garza's vesting option are not yet known.
In addition to the vesting option, Garza can earn an extra $1 million through incentives in each of the first four seasons of his deal. Ultimately, the contract could be a five-year, $67 million pact if Garza plays well over the next several years.
Earlier in the offseason, Rotoworld's Matthew Pouliot suggested that Garza could get a five- or six-year deal worth $80 million, with $100 million being within reach. Based on that, you could say that the Brewers got a pretty good deal.
At 30 years of age, Garza was regarded by many the best pitcher on the market after Masahiro Tanaka signed with the New York Yankees. Garza put toegether a 10-6 record with a 3.82 ERA across 24 games in 2013, playing for both the Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers. After excelling to the tune of a 3.17 ERA with the Cubs, Garza struggled to adjust to American League lineups, registering a 4.38 ERA. Now back in the National League, Garza should be a good bet to bounce back with some better numbers in 2014.
The Brewers are the fifth team that Garza will play for since coming into the league in 2006. He'll slide in near the top of the Brewers' rotation, and actually rounds out a decent staff in Milwaukee. Kyle Lohse is coming off a strong season, while the team is hoping that Wily Peralta can unleash his potential and break out in 2014.