Texas acquired Matt Garza from the Chicago Cubs in a trade completed Monday, getting a pitcher they had long coveted just more than a week before the July 31 non-waiver trading deadline and several days after it initially appeared that the teams had a deal in place.
“He’s an extremely talented pitcher that’s had success in the toughest of divisions and the biggest of stages, who’s throwing the ball as well as anybody right now,” Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. “It’s a power repertoire, a little bit of a different look from what we’ve got, and he was available. … He was in our opinion the best guy on the market.”
The 29-year-old right-hander provides a boost to a starting rotation plagued by injuries and a team that slipped three games behind Oakland in the AL West after being swept in a three-game weekend series at home against Baltimore.
Texas sent the Cubs rookie right-hander Justin Grimm, top prospect third baseman Mike Olt and Class A pitcher C.J. Edwards. There will also be at least one player to be named, possibly two, depending on who is chosen by Chicago.
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