Matt Garza will make his next start with Texas Rangers
The Chicago Cubs waited too long last season to trade Matt Garza as he got injured right before the trade deadline. The Cubs aren’t going to make the same mistake again and it appears a certainty that Garza’s next start will be with the Texas Rangers.
Garza has been on an impressive roll of late, winning five straight starts while posting a 1.24 ERA and 38/10 K/BB ratio over his last six. While we still have a little under two weeks to go before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, the Cubs want to strike now — plus the benefit for Texas is it gets a few more starts out of Garza rather than wait.
The Cubs, in trying to formulate their return for Garza, have discussed Rangers prospects at various levels, including Triple-A third baseman Mike Olt. Right-hander C.J. Edwards, who is 8-2 with a 1.83 ERA at Class-A Hickory, is another Rangers prospect who could be part of the trade. Texas will not trade highly touted lefty pitcher Martin Perez, who is currently in the rotation because of injuries. The Cubs and Rangers matched up last year on a deal for Ryan Dempster, so Chicago knows the Texas farm system well.
Garza, 29, would give the Rangers a top-of-the-rotation type at a time when the team has five starters on the disabled list — left-hander Matt Harrison and righties Yu Darvish, Alexi Ogando, Nick Tepesch and Colby Lewis. Darvish will be back next week. The Rangers have tried to get Garza each of the past two years. He would seem to make Texas the clear favorite over Oakland in the AL West. Despite a flurry of injuries to their pitching staff, the Rangers sit tied atop the American League Wild Card standings and just two games back of the Athletics in the AL West.
The Boston Red Sox, Arizona Diamondbacks and Cleveland Indians are among the other clubs that have expressed interest in Garza, but all have been reluctant to meet the Cubs’ price for a rental of two-plus months. He will become a free agent after the season.
Texas opened as +500 on WagerWeb to win the American League pennant.