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Getting a top of the rotation pitcher sounds great, but there is always a flip side of the coin.
For Texas, that would be giving up either top corner infield prospect Mike Olt or the electrifying Jurickson Profar.
Both players are among the top minor leaguers in baseball and, in Profar's case, he’s arguably the best.
Every team around the league is asking about the availability of these two, and there is little to no chance that a high-profile trade would happen without one of them being involved.
So the question becomes: Is a player like Garza worth dealing for if it costs a team its best prospect?
In short, no.
Prospects are hit and miss, but both of these guys are worth more than a rent-a-player.
Actually, the Rangers need look no further than their roster to see how costly trading top prospects can be.
Elvis Andrus, Neftali Feliz and Matt Harrison were all acquired by Texas in a deadline deal with the Atlanta Braves for Mark Teixeira in 2007.
Teixeira had a solid year and a half with the Braves, then was traded to the Angels for 70 cents on the dollar (Casey Kotchman and Steve Marek) and ended up leaving for New York in free agency.
The three prospects mentioned above, however, represent key cogs of the Rangers core and have played in at least one All-Star game each.
That trade epitomizes how costly dealing young talent can be—well, if you're a Braves fan, that is.
Some deadline deals work magic, but trading Olt or Profar would be a mistake.