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MLB: Houston Astros at Texas Rangers
Aug 19, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Matt Garza (22) delivers a pitch to the Houston Astros during the first inning of a baseball game at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

Brewers agree to sign Matt Garza to four-year, $52M deal



The Brewers have agreed to sign free agent starting pitcher Matt Garza to a four-year, $52 million deal, Jon Heyman confirms. The deal is pending a physical, which is important here because we've seen a Grant Balfour deal fall apart after a physical and also because Garza is coming off two injury-plagued seasons.

Garza, 30, was arguably the top starting pitcher left on the market after Masahiro Tanaka signed with the Yankees Wednesday. The right-hander was 10-6 with a 3.82 ERA (106 ERA+), 1.24 WHIP and 136 strikeouts in 155 1/3 innings last season with the Cubs (11 starts) and Rangers (13 starts).

In 60 starts for the Cubs, Garza was 21-18 with a 3.45 ERA (115 ERA+) and 1.21 WHIP, so heading back to the NL Central bodes well for his chances at success.

Garza joins Yovani Gallardo, Kyle Lohse, Marco Estrada and Wily Peralta in the Brewers' probable rotation.

With Garza off the market, the top three starting pitchers available are Ubaldo Jimenez, Ervin Santana and Bronson Arroyo -- and the former two have draft-pick compensation tied to them.


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MILWAUKEE, WI - JULY 21: Carlos Gomez #27 of the Milwaukee Brewers celebrates with Wily Peralta #38 after reaching home plate on a double by Ryan Braun in the bottom of the third inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Miller Park on July 21, 2014 in Milwau

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Jean Segura smiled in his first game at Miller Park since returning to the Milwaukee Brewers following the death of his 9-month-old son.

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