Lackey got 5 years and a similar option might be the enticement to a team to sign Garza for five years since they know will get an extra year if he loses a season to TJ. It really isn't a bad option for Garza since he gets the guaranteed money.
Originally Posted by Trevor0333
I don't see Garza over Pelfrey as either/or. I think TR is keeping the negotiation going as a way to make sure he can add one more free agent arm. The preference is obvious, but TR may have to sign Pelfrey as insurance before he's ready and still sign Garza. At this point, it's just Monopoly money. Pohlad and TR both know that the team is a mess, and if they don't do something quickly, the shine on Target Field will wear off, and it will be even harder to improve the team with less revenue than today.
Originally Posted by Bark's Lounge
Realistically I feel Garza has two good years left in the tank, and probably a third OK year, so I understand the reluctance to sign to a 4th or 5th, but it what you have to do to get the guy, if it's 4 years/60 mil, you have to assume the risk of the gamble that it may be 3/60.
Regarding Tanaka, I wonder if TR is gun shy, after watching Smith totally whiff on Nishioka who was supposed to be the greatest short stop in Twins history. There's a big difference between 4/60 for Garza and 4/100 (including posting fee) for Tanaka, and there's also a big talent difference between Japan and MLB that makes the inflated statistics distorted too. Regardless, I do like Tanaka, but I liked Nishioka too.