Matt Garza has been one of the most sought-after pitchers in baseball free agency and trade talks in the past few seasons. However, the Milwaukee Brewers will be holding onto the 30-year-old starting pitcher for the next four years, barring a trade, as they will also be paying $52 million during that span.
Did they pay too much for the aging starter?
Okay, so 30 years old isn’t exactly old in MLB these days, but to pay a big chunk like $52 million for a guy who has never had an ERA under 3.00 isn’t exactly the best monetary move you could make, but Garza is a solid top-of-the-rotation type of pitcher.
Yes, the Brewers overpaid, but not severely. Milwaukee gave one of the hottest pitchers on the market $13 million per year while the New York Yankees paid over $150 million for a Japanese pitcher who has never pitched to the type of talent that’s in the major leagues before.
When looking at the overall pay, it’s not the best, but the Brewers will be getting a reliable No. 2-type guy who can in you 10-15 games and who has had an ERA over 4.00 just one time in his eight-year career.
Sure, the Brewers paid a little too much for the pitcher, but they are going to get what they paid for. Many people thought Garza’s contract would be far more pricey because of the Masahiro Tanaka deal with the Yankees.
This won’t help the Brewers out too much as they were one of the worst teams in baseball last year, but it’s a good start.
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