For starters, Garza is a needed rental
July, 22, 2013
By Todd Wills | ESPNDallas.com
ARLINGTON, Texas -- For now, consider Matt Garza is a rental.
The Texas Rangers traded rookie right-hander Justin Grimm and two prospects -- infielder Mike Olt and right-hander C.J. Edwards -- plus a player or two to be named later to bolster their starting rotation with the addition of Garza from the Chicago Cubs.
The Rangers know they'll get a little more than two months from the free-agent-to-be Garza -- likely 13 starts. Whether or not the two sides will agree on a contract beyond that remains to be seen, general manager Jon Daniels said Monday night.
"That's kind of a putting-the-cart-before-the-horse deal," Daniels said. "Let's let him get here and get settled, and hopefully we have a good mutual experience together for the next three months and then we'll revisit it."
|Rangers GM Jon Daniels joins Fitzimmons and Durrett to discuss the Matt Garza trade and if the Rangers are done shopping before the deadline.
The Rangers weighed heavily Garza's injury situation the past two years. Daniels said they talked to the Cubs about him last year before the trade deadline but Garza was injured in a start against St. Louis on July 21 and was later shut down for the season in August because of a stress reaction in his right elbow.
Garza suffered a left lat strain early in spring training this season and didn't make his first for the Cubs until May 21. He is 6-1 with a 3.17 ERA and has been red hot in his past six starts, going 5-0 with a 1.24 ERA.
"We feel like we got the best player on the market," Daniels said. "Obviously we look at [injuries] pretty seriously with any player. But especially with somebody who has missed time here recently. It's well documented what issues he's had. We were talking to the Cubs last July when he went down.
"This spring was an unrelated deal, not related to his arm, but his oblique. He's probably trying to do a little too much too early in spring training. That's my understanding. We feel comfortable with the risk that we took on."
The Rangers and Cubs were close to a deal on Friday, but medical concerns raised by the Cubs on two Rangers prospects (Olt and Double-A Frisco right-hander Neil Ramirez), according to multiple media reports, caused a snag in the trade.
The clubs kept working on the deal with Olt and Edwards remaining in the package. It appears that Grimm, who has made 17 starts for the Rangers this season but has struggled lately with a 9.91 ERA in his past nine outings, was one of the final pieces that pushed the deal to finality.
The Cubs will receive one or two players to be named later, depending on who they select. The one-player option is, according to a source, Ramirez, who was thought to be a key piece in the original trade. Ramirez recently missed two weeks with a shoulder issue and was on the minor league disabled list last year. He is 9-3 this season.
"We were close on Friday," Daniels said. "And the deal is little bit different. Still some of the same players that same package that got close before the weekend. There was a motivation to get it done on both sides. On our side to get Garza and on there side they scouted our system and really liked some of our players. Ultimately we got it done."
In the end, the Rangers gave up prospects from a farm system they consider to be deep.
And because of that, they ended up with a starting pitcher they desperately needed.