Brewers finally agree on contract with Matt Garza

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The two sides completed their four-year pact, which still needs to be approved by MLB.

The Milwaukee Brewers have officially agreed to terms with free agent pitcher Matt Garza, according to Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Team owner Mark Attanasio announced that the deal is for four years, but that it is still going through the league's final approval process, per Rosiak. Earlier reports had pegged the contract at $52 million, but Adam McCalvy of says that it will guarantee around $50 million with a vesting option for a fifth year worth an additional $13 million. All told, the total value could reach $67 million if all incentives are reached.

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News of the deal first broke on Thursday, but the team quickly denied that a final agreement had been reached. However, it appears that the two sides have hammered out the details and put pen to paper. General manager Doug Melvin reiterated that the holdup had nothing to do with any concerns regarding Garza's physical, per Rosiak.

The addition of Garza gives the Brewers a solid rotation. The 30-year-old right-hander will join Kyle Lohse, Yovani Gallardo, Wily Peralta and Marco Estrada, with youngster Tyler Thornburg waiting in the wings. Garza posted a 3.82 ERA last year in 24 starts split between the Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers. Unfortunately, his return to the National League means that he will have to hit again, or at least attempt to; he is 12-for-123 in his career with 74 strikeouts, two doubles and a .098/.126/.114 batting line.

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