The Matt Garza era came to an end yesterday when the Cubs pitcher was traded to the Texas Rangers in a multi-player trade, capsule officially ending the “Garza Watch”.
Ironically, levitra within hours of the news breaking, the other ‘watch’ that captured headlines for almost the same amount of time – nine long months – ended with a new royal heir when Kate Middelton delivered a baby boy.
The Rangers were rumored to be the front runners in a trade for Garza, and many thought he would be dealt over the weekend. The weekend came and went without any activity with Manager Dale Sveum claiming Garza was “100%” guaranteed to start on Monday.
Mid-Monday afternoon it was announced that Chris Rusin would be starting in Garza’s place against the Diamondbacks, confirming suspicions that Garza had finally been traded.
Garza has been strong since his return from the DL earlier this summer after starting the season with an injured shoulder. Garza is 5-0 with a 1.24 ERA in his last six starts. He’s scheduled to join the Rangers today and start Wednesday against the New York Yankees.
In return for the highly sought-after Garza, the Cubs get four of the Rangers best prospects; Third Baseman Mike Olt, right-handed Pitchers C.J. Edwards and Justin Grimm and a fourth (and potentially fifth) unnamed player. Cubs GM Jed Hoyer is pleased with the Cubs’ recent acquisitions.
“At the least, we added three pitchers, if not four, in addition to Mike Olt, and that’s the kind of depth we need both in power arms and some talented players,” said Hoyer. “Any time you trade a guy like Matt Garza, it doesn’t feel good because it’s a hard decision and you know that guys like Matt are the kind of guys you want to acquire, but we feel good about the depth and talent that we acquired for the Cubs today.”
Mike Olt was named as the Rangers’ number 2 prospect heading into the season as has been mentioned as the foundation of the deal. According to CSN Chicago, “Olt has 40 home runs and 116 RBI in 163 Double and Triple-A games.” He was hit in the head by a pitch in a game and experienced concussion-like symptoms, including problems with his vision. If he stays healthy, Olt strong defense could make him great addition at third base. He’ll head to Iowa to join the team’s Triple-A affiliate.
Joining him in Iowa will be Justin Grimm. Grimm was drafted by Theo and Jed in 2007 during their tenure with the Red Sox. The other pitcher in the deal, C.J. Edwards, will head to Daytona. According to mlb.com’s Carrie Muskat, Edwards hasn’t given up a homerun in his last 160 innings.
Garza, a free agent after this year, will be heading to a playoff contending team in the Texas Rangers (55-44), who are currently second in the AL West. The Rangers last made appearances in the World Series in 2010 and 2011.
Known for his wacky off-field antics (and his shaving cream pies), Garza will be missed by his teammates, several of whom tweeted their support for the veteran pitcher.
— Edwin Jackson (@EJ36) July 22, 2013