5 Reasons Why Matt Garza Signing Was Brillant Move By Milwaukee Brewers
Milwaukee Brewers Take Calculated Risk With Matt Garza
It was definitely more dramatic than the Milwaukee Brewers had initially hoped it would be, but the Matt Garza deal has been finalized as the powerful right-hander is ready to enter spring training in a Brewers' uniform for the first time in his career. Garza agreed to a five-year deal with Milwaukee on Tuesday as the 30-year-old starting pitcher finds himself back in the NL Central.
Now, many MLB minds have already taken to bashing Milwaukee for the Garza signing, but I'm the minority as the Brew Crew took a calculated risk that I can't possibly knock. In fact, this signing might be the best we've seen out of the entire NL Central this offseason! If you can recall: the Brewers also waited very late to sign a starter last winter as Kyle Lohse was given a shot by the franchise last March.
To the surprise of many, Lohse was excellent in 2013 as the Brewers' starter finished the year with an overall record above .500 and an ERA below the 3.40 mark for the third straight season. Needless to say, Milwaukee is hoping that Garza has similar success in his first year with the club. In my mind, this is the kind of move that could make the Brewers contenders once again. And without further ado, here's a quick rundown on the why the Garza signing was a stellar move on the Brewers' behalf:
No. 5: Garza Compliments Yovani Gallardo Well
When MLB teams commit to a starting pitcher of Matt Garza caliber the thinking is that he will have a positive impact on the players around him. Well, Garza was definitely brought to town in an effort to take some of the heat off of veteran starter Yovani Gallardo.
Ever since Zack Greinke was traded, the Brewers have been looking for a compliment to Gallardo and Garza should be just that.
No. 4: Brewers Needed Fanfare After Ryan Braun Fiasco
It wasn't that long ago when the Milwaukee Brewers were everyone's favorite small-market team. However, the Ryan Braun Biogenesis saga has caused a few Brewers fans to boycott Miller Park all together. By signing Garza Milwaukee can make a solid pitch to its fans that the baseball team is vastly improving.
No. 3: Garza Was Most Proven Starting Pitcher On Market
Sure, the Milwaukee Brewers could have spent similar money on a starter like Bronson Arroyo, Ervin Santana or even Ubaldo Jimenez. However, none of those aforementioned starting pitchers have the resume that Garza does. Besides, Santana and Jimenez are so inconsistent that Milwaukee would have been foolish to take a long-term risk on either.
No. 2: Brewers Protected Themselves In Case Of Injury
The Brewers made sure to use protection when dealing with Garza's new contract. I could bore you with details, but the long story short is that Milwaukee can buy the right-hander out of his current deal after four years. Most importantly, Garza's health will be a key factor on what kind of money the starter makes from here on out.
No. 1: Garza Is Incredibly Familiar With NL Central
Matt Garza knows what it's like to pitch at the always confusing Wrigley Field. In fact, Garza has taken the mound at the Friendly Confines 28 different times, which is more than anyone on the Brewers' staff. Also, Garza has spent ample time in the division, which will be crucial once Milwaukee starts making those summer trips to St. Louis and Cincinnati.