Matt Garza SP MIL 1 Month

Matt Garza's struggles continued in his second Cactus League start for the Brewers, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits in Friday's loss to the Padres.

On the plus side, Garza did manage to rack up three strikeouts without walking a batter. While he threw more strikes than he did in his first outing, Garza admitted afterwards that his command still isn't where he wants it to be. Continue to monitor his situation this spring and draft with caution.

Matt Garza SP MIL 2 Months

Matt Garza struggled mightily in his Brewers debut on Sunday, allowing four runs on four hits in his lone inning of work against the Rockies in Cactus League play.

Garza also walked a pair and didn't record a strikeout. Afterwards he admitted that he had difficulty sleeping on Saturday night, and stuck to throwing only fastballs and changeups during the appearance. He still has plenty of time to right the ship before the start of the regular season, but fantasy owners should tread with caution until he improves his command.

Matt Garza SP MIL 3 Months

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Angels had offered Matt Garza a four-year deal in the neighborhood of $50 million around the time of the winter meetings.

The Angels did not opt to leave the offer on the table, as they generally require quick decisions when making offers to free agents. The 30-year-old hurler waited a bit longer into the offseason, and wound up with a comparable deal from the Brewers instead. Fantasy owners likely prefer his final destination in Milwaukee as opposed to the hard-hitting American League West.

Matt Garza SP MIL 3 Months

Matt Garza's contract with the Brewers contains protection over medical concerns.

Garza's five-year pact is worth between $50-$67 million. The 30-year-old will earn $12.5 million annually between 2014-'17, with $2 million deferred each year without interest. Garza will net $500,000 each year he reaches 30 starts and 190 innings. Garza's $13 million option in the fifth season vests if all of the following are achieved: 1.) Starts 110 games during the first four years, 2.) Is not on the disabled list at the end of the 2017 season, and, 3.) Pitches at least 115 innings in 2017. The Brewers can exercise the option for $5 million if Garza misses those plateaus, and the option drops to $1 million if he is on the disabled list for 130 days in any 183-day period. This complicated language is why it took several days for the deal to be publicly announced.

Matt Garza SP MIL 3 Months

Brewers signed RHP Matt Garza to a four-year, $52 million contract.

There was an unspecified hiccup that delayed the official announcement of the deal a few days, but it's obviously been ironed out. Garza, 30, posted a 3.82 ERA and 136/42 K/BB ratio over 155 1/3 innings last season between the Cubs and Rangers. As long as he can remain healthy, he's a nice addition to what now looks like a pretty good Brewers rotation.

Matt Garza SP MIL 3 Months

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Brewers "still appear on track to complete (a) deal" with Matt Garza.

Rosenthal reported Thursday afternoon that the two sides had agreed in principal to a four-year, $52 million contract, but the deal has yet to become official. According to Rosenthal, the parties "continue to work on language in (the) contract," though it's "not clear if (it's) related to (Garza's) physical." The righty has a history of elbow issues, but Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and MLB.com's Adam McCalvy have reported previously that the holdup isn't due to a medical issue. Regardless, it appears the two sides will cross the finish line soon.

Matt Garza SP MIL 3 Months

Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that despite reports that the Brewers and Matt Garza agreed to terms on a four-year contract on Thursday, neither side commented on the situation on Friday.

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported early Thursday that the two sides had agreed in principle on a four-year, $52 million pact. The Brewers themselves fueled the speculation by commenting that the Garza talks were ongoing, but that there was no deal yet. While it looks likely that the marriage will still happen, both sides appear content to remain silent until an accord is actually reached.

Matt Garza SP MIL 3 Months

The Milwaukee Brewers have reported that contract negotiations with Matt Garza are "ongoing" and there is "no deal yet."

It's highly unusual for a team to comment on a deal before it's finalized, but that's exactly what the Brewers did via their Twitter account. Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel speculates that it's possible there was an issue with Garza's physical given his checkered medical history. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported earlier Thursday that the Brewers agreed to sign Garza to a four-year, $52 million contract, but it appears the deal might now be up in the air.

Matt Garza SP MIL 3 Months

The Brewers have reached agreement with free agent starter Matt Garza on a four-year, $52 million contract, according to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal.

The contract is pending a physical, which is important in this case because Garza's health concerns are the reason he was available for this steal of a price in the first place. The right-hander has a screw near his pitching elbow and has made three career trips to the DL due to the elbow (most recently in 2012). Garza, 30, posted a 3.82 ERA and 136/42 K/BB ratio over 155 1/3 innings last season between the Cubs and Rangers. He'll slot atop Milwaukee's rotation. Because Texas couldn't offer Garza arbitration, the Brewers won't have to surrender a draft pick in the transaction.

Matt Garza SP MIL 3 Months

An American League executive told Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe that there "may be concerns about (Matt Garza) physically."

"There may be concerns about him physically," the unnamed executive said. "I think most teams are thinking four or five years is just too risky, even if he's a no-compensation guy." Garza has a screw near his pitching elbow from an old injury and has made three trips to the DL in his career due to the elbow (most recently in 2012, when he missed over two months of action). He'll latch on somewhere eventually but might not get the deal he entered the offseason thinking he'd receive. The Angels and Twins are two teams that are known to have interest.