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February 18, 2014

Matt Garza lost $2 million because he wouldn't negotiate while on vacation

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According to an mlb.com story, new Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Matt Garza threw away $2 million and a chance to pitch for the Anaheim Angels because he couldn't be bothered while he was on vacation.

Anaheim offered Garza, who ended up inking a four-year pact with Milwaukee for $50 million, $52 million over the same term.

"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,'" Garza told mlb.com. "I didn't have a chance to respond so it was like whatever. It is what it is. 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.'"

Riiiiiiiiight.

The Angels move in recent years has been to make lucrative offers and to players with a short window to accept the deal. The idea is to keep players from shopping deals around and also to try to pull things together quickly before the free agent market gets away from them. I can see how that might rub some players the wrong way. Their multi-millionaires with high opinions of themselves. So they don't like to be pressured or rushed.

But the arrogant way Garza turned his nose up at the offer because he was on vacation -- and the way he decided to go on vacation at their height of the free agent market when he's a free agent -- might give an indication of why he's moving to his fifth team in eight years.

Garza has raked in $29 million to compile a 67-67 record with a 3.85 ERA.

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Scott Wuerz has reported for the Belleville News-Democrat since 1998​. He writes about the St. Louis Cardinals from a fan's perspective in his Cheap Seats blog.

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