The Angels remade their rotation by acquiring Hector Santiago and Tyler Skaggs this offseason, but the team also made a run at signing Matt Garza. They reportedly offered him a contract similar to the four-year, $50 million pact he recently took from the Brewers.
So why didn’t Garza jump at the Angels’ offer weeks ago? He is from California, after all. Turns out he and his wife were on vacation when the offer was made and the Halos didn’t feel like waiting around for his answer. From MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy:
“They offered, but it was more of a weird situation,” said Garza, who wound up getting $50 million in guaranteed money from Milwaukee. “I was on vacation with my wife and I didn’t want to be disturbed, 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.’”
He added: “It wasn’t anything big. It was an offer and I said, ‘I’m on vacation. I’m not thinking about baseball, Dude. Me and my wife are enjoying ourselves.’”
McCalvy says Garza and his wife were on an anniversary trip in Turks and Caicos at the time. The Angels were not willing to wait for answer and decided to move on.
Garza, 30, went 10-6 with a 3.82 ERA (106 ERA+) in 155 1/3 innings for the Cubs and Rangers last summer while dealing with some injury problems. The Angels used the money they offered Garza to sign role players like Raul Ibanez and Joe Smith, as well as afford David Freese via trade.