By OnMilwaukee Staff Writers   Published Jan 26, 2014 at 3:31 PM Photography:

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.