Further update: Adam McCalvy has a little extra on Garza's contract details. There is a vesting option for a fifth year.
Hearing Garza's 4-yr deal with #Brewers guarantees $50mm, with $4mm more available in incentives and a vesting option for 5th year at $13mm— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) January 26, 2014
UPDATE: Brewers and Garza officially have an agreement.
Mark Attanasio opens by announcing the team has come to agreement with Matt Garza.— Todd Rosiak (@Todd_Rosiak) January 26, 2014
Nex Balelo, Garza's agent, also texted Bowden with the following statement: "Matt's patience throughout the process has been unbelievable. Every decision this off-season was made with a lot of thought and due diligence. Matt is going to land in a spot he feels is the best fit for hime and his family."
The Brewers appear pretty adamant that the delay in completing the deal is not due to any health concerns. Rather, the two sides just had certain language and clauses that needed to be worked out in the contract before anything could be announced.
So for now, the deal is basically complete without actually being complete. Everyone thinks it will be done soon. Balelo's statement sure sounds like the decision has been made, the Brewers sound like it's a done deal, beat reporters, national reporters...even Ryan Braun thinks Garza is as good as signed:
Ryan Braun, who shares an agent with Garza, hints, "Maybe a big announcement today. Maybe." #Brewers— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) January 26, 2014
Garza's going to be a Brewer next season. It's just a matter of working out a few things. He may already have signed his contract, but the team hasn't announced it. Regardless, any fears that the deal has fallen through can likely be alleviated.