Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports is reporting that starting pitcher Matt Garza has signed a four-year, $52 million deal with the Milwaukee Brewers, pending a physical. The Brewers will not forfeit a draft pick to sign him.
Garza, who turned 30 in November, began 2013 with the Chicago Cubs, making 11 starts and going 6-1 with a 3.17 ERA. He was traded to the Texas Rangers mid-July, where things didn't go quite as well with a 4-5 record and 4.38 ERA in 13 starts. He threw a combined 155.1 innings in 24 starts, compiling a 10-6 record, 3.82 ERA, and 1.236 WHIP while striking out 136 and walking 42. His health has been a little shaky the last two seasons, but he made at least 30 starts a season from 2008-2011 with an ERA under 4.00 each year.
Amazin' Avenue's own Joshua Ryan profiled the right-hander, writing that the Mets could use an effective rotation arm like him but were unlikely to pursue a pitcher that would be looking to ink a costly multi-year deal.