7/22 Cubs deal Garza – UPDATE
Instead of pitching for the Cubs Monday night, Matt Garza is headed to the Rangers.
The Cubs will receive four players, and possibly five, in return for Garza, including third baseman Mike Olt and right-handed pitcher C.J. Edwards. Olt, 24, was Texas’ first-round pick in 2010 (49th overall). He was batting .211 in 61 games at Triple-A Round Rock with nine home runs and 14 doubles. Edwards, 21, the Rangers’ 48th round pick in the 2011 Draft out of Mid-Carolina High School, was 8-2 with a 1.83 ERA in 18 starts at Class A Hickory with 122 strikeouts in 93 1/3 innings.
The Cubs also will get right-handed pitcher Justin Grimm and a player to be named later. Minor League right-handed pitcher Neil Ramirez could be added in the deal if he has no further issues with his right shoulder. The Cubs could also choose two other Minor League pitchers instead.
Grimm is 7-7 with a 6.37 ERA in 17 starts this season and 2-4 with a 9.91 ERA in his last eight starts. He left his last start against the Tigers on July 12 with some stiffness in his right forearm but has been available to pitch since the All-Star break. Olt was No. 2 among the Rangers’ top 20 prospects, as ranked by MLB.com, while Grimm was No. 10 and Edwards No. 20.
The Rangers, who trail the Athletics in the American League West by three games, had been the most aggressive in pursuit of Garza, who was 5-0 with a 1.24 ERA in his last six outings.
Texas had five starting pitchers on the disabled list (Matt Harrison, Yu Darvish, Alexi Ogando, Nick Tepesch and Colby Lewis), and opened the second half with Derek Holland, Ross Wolf and Martin Perez in the rotation. Darvish was expected to come off the DL on Monday, and Ogando could do the same Tuesday.
Last year, the Cubs helped the Rangers rotation when they dealt starting pitcher Ryan Dempster for Minor League right-hander Kyle Hendricks and third baseman Christian Villanueva. Dempster went 7-3 with a 5.09 ERA for Texas, then signed a two-year, $26.5 million deal with the Red Sox.
– Carrie Muskat