Needing pitching, Rangers swing deal for Cubs' Garza

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by Matt Mitchell

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Posted on July 22, 2013 at 6:14 PM

 The Chicago Cubs have agreed to trade right-hander Matt Garza to the Texas Rangers, a team source confirmed to ESPNChicago.com's Bruce Levine on Monday.

The Cubs will acquire Triple-A infielder Mike Olt, Class-A right-hander C.J. Edwards, right-hander Justin Grimm and a fourth player to be named later from the Rangers, a source told ESPN's Jim Bowden.

 

Fox Sports first reported the trade.

Garza was scheduled to start Monday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks but was scratched. Left-hander Chris Rusin will face the Diamondbacks instead.

The 29-year-old Garza is 6-1 with a 3.17 ERA overall this season, including 5-0 with a 1.24 ERA in his last six starts. He is entering the final year of his contract.

The Rangers have long held interest in Garza, going back to when he signed as a free agent with the Cubs in 2011. Garza has struggled at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, where he is 2-3 with a 6.04 ERA in five starts. Garza did beat the Rangers in Arlington in Game 3 of the 2010 AL Division Series when he was with the Tampa Bay Rays, allowing an earned run in six innings in a 6-3 victory.

The deal came together with the Cubs sifting through several top prospects the Rangers have in the lower minor leagues. The Cubs wanted pitchers Martin Perez and Luke Jackson, but the Rangers balked with Garza essentially being a rental player in the last year of his contract.

"We certainly had interest in him," Rangers CEO Nolan Ryan said Monday night. "I'd like to think maybe something positive will happen there."

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