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

7 Comments

Wishing Matt Garza all the best on his new adventure. He has been one of my very favorite Cubs and he will be missed. His dedication and never ending enthusiasm have made him a truly fine Cub. God bless and good luck, Matt.

Isn`t Olt`s piddling batting average a red flag? Sixty-one games at AAA is not a small sample. The dude should be hitting more than 11 points above the Mendoza line to be viewed as major league material. And I`ve heard tell he fans often. Another Jackson as someone recently commented? Do we not have a glut at third base. Why are we stockpiling hot corner guys? Last time I looked just one athlete is permitted to play third base at a given time. Edwards appears to be best prospect in this deal.

I can’t believe he left, I really hope he does a great time with them and does great! He was one of my favorite pitchers and I really look foreword to seeing him do better! I really do wish him the best even though he won’t be with us. I will miss him! :)

Somebody tell me where the Cubs came ou ton the Garza trade—the only benefit I can see is the salary reduction–none of the key Rangers are any good.

Have you checked out the stats and history of the players the Cubs received? Did you know that Garza will be a FA after this season and the Cubs may not have received more than a Draft Pick, IF they offered him a competitive salary? Isnt it possible the Cubs did real well in this trade, at least all the experts are saying so.

How can you say Edwards is not any good? Did you do your homework? He has tremendous upside. Is young and has posted impressive numbers in Sally League. Is long way from majors, but is promising. Garza is expected to get 12 starts with Rangers betwixt now and end of season, and then he will be free agent, with Texas very possibly not re-signing him. This was a good deal, and Olt may well pan out also, if he can overcome his concussion issue.

My husband is an optician so I asked him about Olt’s dry eye condition. He says it can be a blocked tear duct sometimes. Says it can be chronic but is very treatable and Olt should be fine with his game.

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