Matt Garza Traded To The Texas Rangers For Olt, Grimm And Edwards

by Patrick Gilbride | Posted on Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013
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Earlier this afternoon, the Chicago Cubs sent Matt Garza to the Texas Rangers for  P C.J. Edwards, 3B/OF Mike Olt, P Justin Grimm and two players to be named later.

This trade is a great deal for both sides. Garza was a known commodity on a pitcher thin market and was most definitely going to be traded. Texas was in the running for him last season, until he injured himself in July and was out for the rest of the season.

Garza gives the Rangers a top of the rotation pitcher to create a nice 1-2 punch with Yu Darvish, as well as Derek Holland and Alexi Ogando returning from the DL soon. Although he will become a free agent at the end of the season, Garza can boost the Rangers for a pennant run with the possibility of re-signing him.

The Cubs had to make this deal before the end of the night. Garza was scheduled to start tonight against the Diamondbacks, but after injuring himself last year, the Cubs had to get all the value they could before anything happened. Last season, Mike Olt was a premiere third basemen last year, hitting almost 30 home runs in the Double-A, but has had some vision issues this season after getting a concussion. C.J. Edwards is a 21 year old pitcher who might be the best prospect in this deal with the most upside. He is 8-2 with a 1.83 ERA in Single-A with 122 strikeouts in just 93 IP. Justin Grimm is another young pitcher who can plug into the Cubs rotation right now, but he may have been rushed in Texas’ system and could try to polish some of his skills. The players to be named later will be a pool of players for the Cubs to pick from, one speculated to be Neil Ramirez, who is an intriguing prospect but has had some arm issues lately. The prospects to be named later could possibly be of more value depending on certain circumstances such as Garza re-signing with Texas or if they win the World Series.

All in all, this is a good trade for both teams. Texas adds a playoff tested pitcher and could really help out the Rangers who don’t have anyone that consistent other than Darvish. The Cubs get younger and add a lot of young players to a farm system that has turned into one of the best in the league since Theo Epstein has taken over not even two years ago, especially for a 2-3 month rental pitcher that was looking for top dollar in the free agent market.

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Patrick has been an avid Cubs fan for almost 20 years and looks forward to covering them in their rebuilding process. Patrick played NCAA Division III baseball and was a participant in the 2009 College World Series. Follow Patrick on Twitter @PatrickG42.

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