It Was A Good Thing Matt Garza Took A Vacation This Winter


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If not for a trip to Turks and Caicos with his wife this winter, Matt Garza might have been an Angel.

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim offered Garza a four-year, $52 million contract (more than what he signed  with the Brewers) while he was on vacation. And at the time, Garza didn’t want to think about baseball.

“I was on vacation with my wife and I didn’t want to be disturbed,” Garza said via Adam McCalvy. “And it was like, ‘Here it is, we’ll pull it in a certain amount of hours.’ I didn’t have a chance to respond, so I just said, ‘Whatever. It is what it is.’”

The Angels eventually pulled their offer and six weeks later, Garza inked a deal with the Brewers.

“I had no worries,” Garza said. “God’s going to make things work out either way. It is what it is. I guess you didn’t want me that bad, I take it. I found a team that wants me and makes me feel at home. I was looking for a great fit and I believe I found it.”

The Brewers are hoping it’s a great fit as well, considering Garza’s deal is the biggest contract in team history.

Garza joins veterans Kyle Lohse and Yovani Gallardo in the starting rotation. And as far as where manager Ron Roenicke places him in the rotation, Garza couldn’t care less.