Many people were thrilled when the Rangers pulled the trigger on getting Matt Garza from the Chicago Cubs.
The only thing I had a problem with was the package Texas sent to Chicago for him. And after the performance he gave in Arlington, it is safe to say Garza was a bust.
The Rangers sent four players to the Cubs in exchange for the 30-year-old. The Cubs got third baseman Mike Olt and pitchers Justin Grimm, C.J. Edwards and Neil Ramirez. Chicago was easily the winner of the trade that took place on July 22.
But Jon Daniels did what he needed to do. The pitching staff had depleted all season long. Eleven different pitchers made multiple starts for the team last season and just three broke the 20-start threshold.
In a playoff race, no one could argue with the move.
The only problem is that Garza, who was 6-1 with the Cubs with a 3.17 ERA, came to Arlington and didn’t produce the same quality innings. He was 4-5 with a 4.38 ERA during his tenure as a Ranger.
His best start came on Sept. 21 when he took a five-hit shutout into the ninth inning against the Kansas City Royals. Garza did give up a leadoff homer to Eric Hosmer but earned the decision while the Rangers were just one game back in the wild-card race.
We can all sit here and badger the front office since Texas failed to make the postseason. But he was the best option available at the time, and Daniels made the deal.