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All is quiet with the Brewers and Matt Garza

Jan 25, 2014, 8:55 AM EDT

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The latest on Matt Garza is that there’s nothing new to report.

The Brewers and Garza reportedly agreed to a four-year, $52 million contract on Thursday, but the team later announced that negotiations were ongoing and that no deal had been reached. The announcement was rather odd, especially when coupled with the news that he took a physical and was expected to be introduced as a press conference. As Adam McCalvy of reports, both sides were staying tight-lipped yesterday on the nature of the hold-up:

Brewers general manager Doug Melvin did not immediately respond to a telephone message, and assistant GM Gord Ash said he couldn’t comment. Garza’s agent, Nez Balelo, also declined to comment.

One source privy to the negotiations said there was no update as of mid-afternoon, and advised to “stay tuned.” He declined to say, even in general terms, what was impeding the deal.

Many have speculated that something came up during the physical, understandable given Garza’s injury history, but reports have indicated that the delay is not related to medical concerns. The Brewers have their annual “Brewers On Deck” fan fest scheduled for tomorrow, which could make for some awkward times if the silence continues.

Assuming a deal is eventually reached, Garza would join a rotation which is also set to include Kyle Lohse, Yovani Gallardo, Marco Estrada, and Wily Peralta.

  1. spytdi - Jan 25, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    His decent talent and subpar approach may just get him better than a mediocre record in the NL.

  2. brewfantim - Jan 25, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    Their doing this to get more people in the door for the fan fest. I bet a deal is reached today and he will be introduced at fan fest. That’s their plan all along

  3. 78mu - Jan 25, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    After discovering the Brewers couldn’t figure out Axford was tipping his pitches while the rest of the league was going Babe Ruth on him, it wouldn’t surprise me to know the team had his left elbow examined.

    It was only after a press conference was scheduled that the team’s junior bat boy told someone in management Garza was right-handed.

  4. echech88 - Jan 25, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    Did the Brewers maybe realize they play in the NL and people will be bunting on Garza all the time?

  5. onbucky96 - Jan 25, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    Lemme guess. They’ll magically reach a deal Saturday nite and, as luck would have it, have Garza in town for fan fest. He can sign his deal in front of the media, what an amazing set of coincidences.

  6. twinfan24 - Jan 25, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    Any team giving Garza four years should be a little leery. He’s only made 42 starts the last two seasons.

    • happytwinsfan - Jan 25, 2014 at 12:02 PM

      thank you. i was looking for a reason to be glad the twins signed nolasco instead. ain’t you also glad it’s supposed to zoom up to 5 in a few short hours.

  7. cackalackyank - Jan 25, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    …Are the Orioles about to be out done?

  8. hodag54501 - Jan 26, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    Another pitcher signing that will blow up in their faces. Lohse looked like a washout last year but recovered. Couple this signing with Braun coming back and it should be a real circus in Milwaukee this year. They traded away most of the best players in their farm system in hopes of reaching the World Series(and didn’t) so now they have to find some way to put butts in the seats. By the way, the Yankees will have almost a half-billion dollars in payroll. They still haven’t replaced the power hitting occupied by Prince Fielder and won’t this year again. Good luck Brewers.

  9. buffalo65 - Jan 26, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    Rumors are Santana’s asking price is down to 3 for 40. Do it AA. I don’t care if he is only a 3rd or 4th. We need the depth.

  10. tonyc920 - Jan 26, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    @ hodag54501
    They traded away most of the best players in their farm system.
    Mr Hodag, I dare you to name all the “Best Players” prospects who were traded, seriously !
    Brett Lawrie ? You mean the .259 career avg 3rd baseman in Toronto who can’t stay healthy.
    How about Matt LaPorta who flamed out in Cleveland ? He’s hitting .238 in AAA Columbus.
    Who you talkin’ about Hodag ????????
    Don’t post when you have no clue what you’re talkin” about.

  11. jdhein22 - Jan 26, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    The Brewers announced his signing today at fanfest.

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