Matt Garza, 30, was one of the better pitchers on the free agent market this off-season before he landed a four-year, $50 million deal with the Milwaukee Brewers. But Garza could have been a member of the Los Angeles Angels — they were willing to offer Garza $52 mil over four years — were it not for an anniversary trip he took with his wife in December.
“They offered, but it was more of a weird situation,” said Garza, via Brew Beat. “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.’”
He added: “It wasn’t anything big. It was an offer and I said, ‘I’m on vacation. I’m not thinking about baseball, Dude. Me and my wife are enjoying ourselves.’”
Good for Garza. MLB contracts will always be there for good pitchers, and putting his marriage first is pretty noble. Although, I’m sure both he and his wife would have appreciated sunny Southern California and an extra $2 mil over the extreme colds of the Midwest any day.