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Rangers Receive: SP Matt Garza
Cubs Receive: 3B Mike Olt, SP Justin Grimm, SP C.J. Edwards, PTBNL
The Cubs made it clear they wanted to deal Matt Garza before he made his first scheduled start of the second half, and they finally came to an agreement with the Rangers, pending physicals, as reported by CBSSports.
Garza was 6-1 with a 3.17 ERA and 1.141 WHIP in 11 starts on the year, and had pitched particularly well of late with a 5-0 record and 1.24 ERA in his last six starts.
In return, the Cubs get a talented package of players, headlined by slugging third base prospect Mike Olt. Olt entered the year as the No. 22 prospect in baseball, according to Baseball America, after he posted a .977 OPS with 28 home runs and 82 RBI in 354 minor league at-bats last season.
He's struggled to a .219/.318/.438 line with 12 home runs and 34 RBI so far this season, but vision issues can be pointed to for much of the struggles, and he remains a high upside bat.
Justin Grimm, 24, will likely take Garza's spot in the rotation. He's made 17 starts for Texas this year, going 7-7 with a 6.37 ERA. He was 5-3 with a 3.93 ERA over his first nine starts this season, but has been hit hard since with a 9.91 ERA in his last eight starts.
Looking more to the future, 21-year-old right-hander C.J. Edwards has pitched very well in High-A this season, going 8-2 with a 1.83 ERA and 122 strikeouts in 93.1 innings of work. He entered the season as the Rangers' No. 14 prospect, according to Baseball America.
The Cubs will also reportedly get a fourth player in the deal, though details have yet to be released as to who that will be.
Considering Garza will be nothing more than a rental player for the Rangers, the Cubs got a solid haul of prospect talent here. Taking a chance on Olt getting back to where he was and Grimm developing into a solid middle-of-the-rotation arm seem like reasonable risks, and Edwards is one of the fastest rising pitching prospects in the game right now.
Is it a perfect deal for the Cubs? No, but they got good value for Garza and can now turn their attention to the likes of Alfonso Soriano, Kevin Gregg and others.