There were dozens of interesting comments coming from a wide variety of sources at Brewers On Deck last weekend, but some of the most intriguing notes came from Matt Garza's press availability. Garza insisted that 2015 is in the past for him and again reiterated that he left the team in September to be with his wife, who was bedridden while pregnant with twins. When asked if he regretted the way he handled his demotion, though, he had the following to say:
"If someone told you they were taking your job away, would you just accept it or fight it?" he said. "That wasn't why I went home. I would have stuck around, but they told me I wasn't starting so it was like, ‘I can go home and help my wife.' That was exactly what I had to do."
(h/t Todd Rosiak)
Obviously, if Garza had pitched better he wouldn't have found himself in this situation. But if he was upset at the time of his demotion, he had $13 million reasons to feel that way.
Many Brewers fans could likely recite the remaining terms on Garza's contract by heart: He's due $12.5 million each in 2016 and 2017, with $2 million each year deferred to be repaid between December 2018 and 2021. Additionally, he has a vesting/club option for 2018 that's becoming increasingly interesting. Here's how it works:
- If Garza makes 110 starts over the 2014-17 seasons, pitches at least 115 innings in 2017 and does not finish that season on the disabled list, the option will vest and the Brewers are on the hook for an additional $13 million salary for 2018.
- If Garza falls short of any of those criteria, the Brewers hold a club option for 2018 at $5 million.
- Additionally, the team option is reduced to $1 million if Garza spends more than 130 days on the DL in any 183-day period over the length of the contract.