Adam McCalvy of MLB.com leaked a story recently regarding former Cub Matt Garza’s free agent situation. Garza signed a four-year, $50 million contract with the Milwaukee Brewers earlier this month. According to McCalvy and Garza, though, Garza could have signed for a bit more money with the Los Angeles Angels earlier in the off-season. He didn’t because the Angels gave him only hours to make the decision and Garza was busy at the time; he was on an anniversary-vacation with his wife and did not want to be bothered with baseball.
“I was on vacation with my wife and I didn’t want to be disturbed, and it was like, ‘Here it is, we’ll pull it in a certain amount of hours.’ I didn’t have a chance to respond, so I just said, ‘Whatever. It is what it is,'” Garza told McCalvy. “I’m on vacation. I’m not thinking about baseball, Dude. Me and my wife are enjoying ourselves.”
This puts the Angels in the role of villain, forcing a man who is spending time with his wife, after playing an entire MLB season, to consider an offer while on vacation. The fact they couldn’t wait until he left his vacation spot makes them out to be the bad guys.
While the money wasn’t that much of a difference, the Angels offered $52 million over four years, Garza is making less money on a less-talented team. Garza, however, says he is happy with where he ended up. Garza said, “I found a team that wants me and makes me feel at home. I was looking for a great fit and I believe I found it.”