Another domino fell this afternoon with the report from FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal that free agent right-hander Matt Garza has reached a four year, $52 million dollar deal with the Milwaukee Brewers. This comes a little more than 24 hours after Masahiro Tanaka reached an agreement with the New York Yankees.
What does this mean for the Arizona Diamondbacks? Arizona was rumored to be one of the possible destinations for the 30-year old Garza before the negotiations with Tanaka took place. Garza was considered to be the best of the free agent crop which also includes Ervin Santana, Ubaldo Jimenez and Bronson Arroyo. Signing Santana and Jimenez would require surrendering a draft pick, something the D’backs seem hesitant to do. Arroyo would not require losing a pick.
The average of $13 million per season is less than $15 or $16 million that was supposedly going to be needed to sign Garza. The price for the other three probably has come down as well. Will the Snakes be willing to lose a pick in order to get a pitcher that will be cheaper to get than first thought?