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The Brewers signed free agent starter Matt Garza, who previously played in Tampa Bay, Minnesota, Chicago and Texas. (PHOTO: shutterstock.com)

Brewers sign Matt Garza


The Milwaukee Brewers signed free agent right-handed starter Matt Garza to a four-year contract with a vesting option for the 2018 season today.

The announcement was made by President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Doug Melvin.

"Matt is an established top-of-the-rotation pitcher who provides our staff with experience and quality depth," said Melvin in a statement.

Garza, 30, is 67-67 with a 3.84 ERA in 194 games (191 starts) during eight Major League seasons with Minnesota (2006-07), Tampa Bay (2008-10), Chicago-NL (2011-13) and Texas (2013). After missing nearly the first two months of 2013 due to a side/back injury, he returned to post a 10-6 record with a 3.82 ERA in 24 starts between the Cubs (11 games) and Rangers (13 games) last season.

Garza was named 2008 American League Championship Series Most Valuable Player (2 games, 2-0, 1.38 ERA vs. Boston) and threw the first
no-hitter in Tampa Bay Rays history on July 26, 2010 vs. Detroit. He is 2-1 with a 3.48 ERA in five career postseason starts (31 innings, 12 earned runs).

Garza will wear uniform number 22.


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TosaJim | Jan. 27, 2014 at 11:07 a.m. (report)

Hard to believe that a guy with a 500% winning percentage can command that kind of money....I should have insisted my son throw left-handed growing up...I hope he works out for the Crew...Go Brewers!!!!

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Photodavie | Jan. 27, 2014 at 7:44 a.m. (report)

THANK YOU Mark Attanasio. Thank you for doing what it takes and stretching your payroll to bring us a competitive baseball team. Now, PLEASE buy the Bucks and do the same with them!

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