Former Cubs pitcher Matt Garza may return to NL Central

Former Cubs pitcher Matt Garza may return to NL Central
January 23, 2014, 12:30 pm
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Scott Krinch

UPDATE: Garza and the Brewers have not come to an official deal, according to reports. Negotiations are ongoing.


Call it the Masahiro Tanaka effect.

A day after the Yankees inked Tanaka to a monster seven-year contract, arguably the best remaining free agent pitcher has found a new team, and Cubs fans may not be pleased with his destination.

[RELATED: Yankees blow away Cubs in Tanaka sweepstakes]

According to a report by Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Milwaukee Brewers have signed Matt Garza to a four-year, $52 million deal.

The Cubs dealt Garza to the Rangers on July 23 for infielder Mike Olt and right-handed pitchers C.J. Edwards, Justin Grimm and Neil Ramirez.

The 30-year-old Garza went 10-6 with a 3.82 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 136 strikeouts in 155.1 innings combined with the Cubs and Texas Rangers in 2013.

The amount of years and money in Garza's deal with the Brewers is the exact same as the contract the Cubs handed out to Edwin Jackson last offseason.