The Chicago Cubs have dealt 29-year old righty starting pitcher Matt Garza to the Texas Rangers for 24-year old righty swinging 3B/1B Mike Olt, 21-year old righty starting pitcher C.J. Edwards, 24-year old righty starting pitcher Justin Grimm and a player to be named later. Garza pitched in 11 games (all starts) for the Cubs this year and he was 6-1 with a 3.17 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. Garza pitched in 60 games (all starts) for the Cubs in his three years with the team and he was 21-18 with a 3.45 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP. Garza pitched really well for the Cubs, but they got a pretty nice haul for him from the Rangers.
Mike Olt came into this season as the Rangers’ #2 prospect according to Baseball America. Olt played in 68 games in AA+AAA-ball for the Rangers this year and he was 53 of 242 (.219 avg, .756 OPS) with 38 runs scored, 12 homers and 34 RBIs. Olt has now played in 305 games in his first four years in the minors and he is 299 of 1,113 (.269 avg, .878 OPS) with 201 runs scored, 64 homers, 205 RBIs and 10 stolen bases. Olt played in 16 games for the Rangers last year and he was 5 for 33 (.152 avg, .432 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers, 5 RBIs and 1 stolen base. C.J. Edwards came into this season as the Rangers’ #14 prospect according to Baseball America. Edwards pitched in 18 games (all starts) in A-ball for the Rangers this year and he was 8-2 with a 1.83 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP. He gave up only 62 hits and 34 walks while whiffing 122 batters in his first 93 1/3 innings in the minors this year, which is very impressive. Edwards has now pitched in 32 games (31 starts) in his first two years in the minors and he is 13-5 with a 1.68 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP. Grimm pitched in 17 games (all starts) for the Rangers this year and he is 7-7 with a 6.37 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP. Grimm gave up 116 hits (15 homers) and he walked 31 batters while whiffing 68 batters in 89 innings for the Rangers, so he got hit hard. Grimm has now pitched in 22 games (19 starts) in his first two years in the majors and he is 8-8 with a 6.73 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP. Even with those rough stats, Grimm did come into this season as the Rangers’ #5 prospect according to Baseball America.
This was a good move for the Cubs as they got four players to help them in their rebuilding project.
UPDATE: (8/23/2013) – The Cubs have acquired 24-year old righty starting pitcher Neil Ramirez from the Rangers to complete this deal. Ramirez came into this season as the Cubs’ #23 prospect according to Baseball America. Ramirez pitched in 21 games (all starts) in AA-ball for the Rangers this year and he was 9-3 with a 3.84 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP. Ramirez has given up 77 hits and 42 walks while whiffing 127 batters in his first 103 innings this year, which are impressive numbers. Ramirez has pitched in 133 games (126 starts) in his first six years in the minors and he is 36-35 with a 4.40 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP.