MILWAUKEE, WI (WHBL) - Milwaukee Brewers' owner Mark Attanasio says the team has as much pitching depth as he's seen in his nearly 10 years of owning the club. He announced at the "Brewers On Deck" fan festival Sunday that veteran starter Matt Garza has agreed to a four-year contract. It guarantees him 50-million dollars, with a million dollars in performance bonuses each year. There's also a vesting option for a fifth season that could pay him another 13-million. It was prematurely reported last Thursday that the 30-year-old Garza signed a free-agent deal with Milwaukee. As it turned out, the two sides needed to agree on how much money would be deferred, and how the vesting option would work. The 30-year-old Garza is 67-67 in eight Major League seasons with a 3.84 E-R-A. In a conference call with reporters, Garza called the Brewers the right fit, and said he was happy to be back in the National League Central. Milwaukee did not have to give up a draft pick to get Garza. Brewers' G-M Doug Melvin said he didn't want to lose any more picks, after losing one a year ago when signing starter Kyle Lohse. Manager Ron Roenicke said it's too early to tell what the Brewers' rotation might look like. He said it would depend on the health of the players during spring training.
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