ARLINGTON, Texas — The Texas Rangers finally have Matt Garza in their starting rotation.
Texas acquired Garza from the Chicago Cubs in a trade completed Monday, getting a pitcher they long had coveted just more than a week before the July 31 non-waiver trading deadline and several days after it initially appeared that the teams had a deal in place.
“He's an extremely talented pitcher that's had success in the toughest of divisions and the biggest of stages, who's throwing the ball as well as anybody right now,” Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. “It's a power repertoire, a little bit of a different look from what we've got, and he was available.”
The 29-year-old right-hander provides a boost to a starting rotation plagued by injuries and a team that has slipped three games behind Oakland in the AL West.
Texas sent the Cubs rookie right-hander Justin Grimm, top prospect third baseman Mike Olt and Single-A pitcher C.J. Edwards. There also will be at least one player to be named later, possibly two, depending on who is chosen by Chicago.
“We paid a steep price in talent to acquire Matt, but we did so knowing that we've got other guys in the system,” Daniels said.
Garza (6-1, 3.17 ERA), who can become a free agent after this season, has made 11 starts since missing the first seven weeks this season with a strained left lat muscle. He is 5-0 with a 1.24 ERA his last six starts.
Garza had been scheduled to start Monday night for the Cubs in Arizona. He instead will start for the Rangers against the New York Yankees, likely Wednesday night.
Daniels said Garza was scheduled to fly from Arizona to Texas later Monday night and join the Rangers on Tuesday.
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