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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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NCAA Football: Pittsburgh at Virginia
Oct 4, 2014; Charlottesville, VA, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers head coach Paul Chryst watches from the sidelines against the Virginia Cavaliers in the second quarter at Scott Stadium. The Cavaliers won 24-19. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Wisconsin makes it official, hiring Paul Chryst as head coach


By Tom Fornelli | College Football Writer   December 17, 2014 7:08 pm ET Wisconsin has its new coach. It wasn't the world's best-kept secret, but the programannounced Wednesday that it hired Pitt's Paul Chryst to replace Gary Andersen