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Matt Garza to become free agent


Brewers’ right-hander Matt Garza is set to enter free agency following the 2017 season,’s Adam McCalvy reports. Garza was previously thought to have a $5 million vesting option for the 2018 season, but it was voided after he pitched a certain number of games. Even had it been in place, however, it’s unlikely the Brewers would have chosen to exercise it based on Garza’s regression this year.

It’s been a rollercoaster of a season for the veteran righty, who’s seen more valleys than peaks after racking up almost 50 days on the disabled list with a right groin strain, chest contusion and lower leg strain. He went 6-9 in 19 starts and pitched to a rotation-worst 4.94 ERA, 3.5 BB/9 and 6.2 SO/9 over 114 2/3 innings.

Garza is not expected to return to Milwaukee after finishing out a four-year run with the club, during which he compiled a 26-39 record and 4.65 ERA over a total 528 1/3 innings. He lasted just 2 2/3 innings in his last start with the team, holding the Reds to five runs on six hits and two walks, but returned later in September to record a pair of scoreless relief appearances.

With or without the right-hander, the Brewers are still expected to be in the market for starting pitching this offseason. They’re currently running with a four-man rotation and aren’t expected to see right-hander Jimmy Nelson (shoulder surgery) until late in the 2018 season.

Cavan Biggio hits for the cycle

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Blue Jays second baseman Cavan Biggio hit for the cycle on Tuesday against the Orioles. Cavan, the son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, struck out in the first inning, but bounced back to hit a two-run homer in the third. He followed that up with a single in the sixth, a double in the eighth, and a two-run triple in the ninth.

Biggio is the sixth player to hit for the cycle this season, joining Jorge Polanco (Twins), Shohei Ohtani (Angels), Jake Bauers (Indians), Trea Turner (Nationals), and Jonathan Villar (Orioles). He’s the third member of the Blue Jays to hit for the cycle, joining Jeff Frye and Kelly Gruber. In case you were wondering, yes, Craig Biggio has also hit for the cycle. He did so against the Rockies on April 8, 2002. Craig and Cavan are the second father-son duo to both hit for the cycle, joining Gary and Daryle Ward, Sportsnet notes.

After Tuesday’s 4-for-5 performance, Biggio is batting .230/.361/.425 with 14 home runs and 42 RBI in 379 plate appearances on the season.