Matt Garza traded to Rangers

Matt Garza scratched from Cubs start, will be traded to Rangers

7/22/13 in MLB   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Matt Garza is a name that has been very common in trade rumors this summer, as the Cubs reportedly informed the 29-year-old righty back on July 14 that he would be traded. Garza is in the final year of his contract, and he failed to agree to terms on an extension with the Cubs. Facing a very tough road to the playoffs with a current record of 43-53, it was an easy decision for the the Cubs to ship him elsewhere in a trade and bring back some value for him while they can.
Blog Photo - Matt Garza traded to Rangers
Garza was scheduled to start for the Cubs in their game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday, but he was scratched on Monday afternoon. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the reason for Garza being scratched is that he will soon be traded to the Texas Rangers.

The Rangers have been linked to Garza for a while now, and it was even reported on July 19 that a deal sending Garza to the Texas was "99 percent done." Talks hit a snag later that day, however, leaving the Garza-to-Rangers scenario as a mere possibility and nothing more. The snag in trade negotiations allowed teams such as the Oakland Athletics to contact the Cubs regarding Garza, but the Rangers were eventually able to agree to terms and acquire the Cubs' pitcher.

Garza will head to Arlington, Texas with a 6-1 record and 3.17 ERA over 11 starts this season. He's been very consistent, giving up more than two runs in only three of his 11 starts. He will be a welcome addition to a Rangers rotation that has seen Justin Grimm's ERA balloon up to 6.37 (they have now moved him to the bullpen), while Nick Tepesch's is up to 4.85 and he is now on the DL.

The Rangers are currently 3.0 games back of the division leading Oakland Athletics in the AL West, and are 1.5 games back of the Baltimore Orioles for a wild card spot. The addition of Garza should give them a nice boost and they'll have a very solid shot at making a postseason appearance.

Keep in mind that this trade is not yet official, but the Cubs feel confident enough in the trade going through that they have scratched Garza from his Monday start, which they were not expected to do.

The deal is expected to send first baseman Mike Olt and pitching prospect C.J. Edwards to Chicago. The Cubs will also receive an unknown third player.
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