Brewers say no deal with Garza yet

He was close Thursday, but Matt Garza was not a Milwaukee Brewer just yet.

The team took the rare step of releasing a statement in the evening to respond to reports, including from Ken Rosenthal of MLB Network and FOXSports.com, that the sides were in agreement on a four-year, $52 million contract, pending a physical exam. Rosenthal later reported that Garza had indeed undergone his physical.

But instead of officially announcing what would be the richest free agent contract in Brewers history, the team issued a statement at 6:11 p.m. CT. It read: “Despite media reports, negotiations between the Brewers and Matt Garza are ongoing, but there is no deal yet.”

The nature of the holdup was unclear. Brewers assistant general manager Gord Ash declined to comment, and a representative of Garza did the same. <p>

One source said the sides simply needed more time to hash out the final terms of the agreement.

So for at least one more day, the Brewers remained the only team in baseball that had not signed a single Major League free agent. Stay tuned.

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