Cubs do well in Matt Garza deal
July, 22, 2013
By Keith Law | ESPN.com
Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty ImagesMatt Garza is an elite pitcher but he's had trouble staying healthy.After zeroing in on Matt Garza for a few days, the Texas Rangers acquired him from the Chicago Cubs on Monday for prospects Mike Olt and C.J. Edwards, right-hander Justin Grimm, and a player to be named later.
The Rangers' need for a starter had become desperate, as their alternative to acquiring Garza was calling David Clyde to ask if he had anything left. Garza replaces Grimm in the rotation, which would be something on the order of a 4-5 win upgrade over the course of a full season (in terms of wins above replacement), and maybe as much as 2 WAR from now until the end of the season.