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More Templates for a Matt Garza Extension?

Tommy has covered some other potential templates in the past so these two likely warrant mention. The Twins and Scott Baker agreed to a four-year extension worth 15.25 million, which also includes an option year worth 9.25 million. Jon Lester, meanwhile, signed a five-year 30 million dollar extension with the Red Sox that tacks on an additional option year as well. Lester's option is worth 13 million.

How does Garza stack up to Baker and Lester?

Baker has thrown the most innings of the trio, 453 innings, has a career K/9 of 6.7, a career BB/9 of 2.01, and a career FIP of 4.05 with no awards or notable achievements of which to speak. Lester has 354.2 career innings, 6.65 K/9, 3.55 BB/9, and a FIP of 4.13. Lester is 25-years-old and Baker is 27-years-old. Comparably, Garza has thrown 317.2 innings while possessing rate stats of 6.6 K/9, 3.23 BB/9, and a FIP of 4.22. Garza is 25-years-old as well.

That puts Garza slightly behind both in innings and FIP, but I'm sure that ALCS MVP trophy likely gains him a few points. Given that Lester and Baker are coming off of their best seasons as major leaguers should also come into play, and while that statement also holds true for Garza, his 2008 was about a quarter of a run worse than both. Garza remains five seasons from reaching free agency while Lester and Baker were four seasons away.