Matt Garza passed on Angels' contract offer because he was on vacation

Brendan Maloy
Monday February 17th, 2014

Matt Garza spent the second half of the 2013 season with Texas after being traded by the Chicago Cubs. (Ronald Martinez/ Getty Images) Matt Garza spent the second half of last season with Texas after being traded by the Cubs. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Newly signed Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Matt Garza had to pass on an offer from the Los Angeles Angels because he was on vacation with his wife, according to's Adam McCalvy.

Garza received an offer from the Angels in December worth $52 million over four years, but he passed because he was in Turks and Caicos on an anniversary trip and did not want to be distracted by baseball.

“I was on vacation with my wife, and I didn't want to be disturbed," Garza said. "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.'”

SI WIRE: Yankees hitting coach: Team couldn't get Robinson Cano to hustle Garza eventually signed a similar four-year, $50 million deal with the Brewers, the largest free agent deal in the club's history.

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