Rangers get Garza in deal with Cubs

BY Ken Rosenthal • July 22, 2013

The Texas Rangers have acquired right-hander Matt Garza from the Chicago Cubs.

The Cubs scratched Garza from his start Monday night in Arizona, and finalized a deal with the Rangers shortly afterward. The Rangers announced the trade Monday evening.

In exchange for Garza, the Cubs received Triple-A infielder Mike Olt, Single-A right-hander C.J. Edwards, right-hander Justin Grimm and at least one player to be named.

The Cubs promoted left-hander Chris Rusin to take Garza's spot against the Diamondbacks. Rusin, who had been pitching for the Cubs' Triple-A Iowa affiliate, arrived in Arizona earlier Monday.

A snag in the deal arose Friday because of a medical concern with one of the Rangers' prospects in the trade, sources said. It is not known how the teams resolved that issue.

The Oakland Athletics and Boston Red Sox were among the teams that expressed renewed interest in Garza after the Cubs’ initial deal with Texas stalled, sources said.

The Rangers, however, did not believe that the issue raised by the Cubs was significant, and one source with knowledge of the discussions said there was a chance that the teams could “work around” the problem.

Garza, who is eligible for free agency at the end of the season, is 5-0 with a 1.24 ERA in his past six starts. He will give the Rangers’ rotation a boost at a time when two of their starters are set to come off the disabled list.

Right-hander Yu Darvish started against the Yankees on Monday, and righty Alexi Ogando will take the mound Tuesday. Three other Texas starters — left-hander Matt Harrison and righties Nick Tepesch and Colby Lewis — remain on the DL.

The Rangers' interest in Garza goes back to at least 2011, when they tried to acquire him from Tampa Bay but lost out to the Cubs. The Rangers also tried to land Garza a year ago, but an injury to the pitcher prevented the deal from happening.

The trade of Garza is the Cubs’ third of July, with more deals expected. Left fielder Alfonso Soriano, right fielder Nate Schierholtz, closer Kevin Gregg and left-handed reliever James Russell are among the other Cubs in play.

The Los Angeles Dodgers, Arizona Diamondbacks, Cleveland Indians and St. Louis Cardinals are among the other clubs that expressed interest in Garza, but all were reluctant to meet the Cubs’ price for a rental of two-plus months, sources said.

The Rangers could try to extend Garza's contract or re-sign him at the end of the season. They would not receive draft-pick compensation if he leaves as a free agent, according to the collective-bargaining agreement. Teams cannot make qualifying offers and receive compensation for players traded in the middle of a season.

The Cubs will receive a player to be named to complete the deal, or they can get two lesser prospects if the teams can't agree on a single player to be named, a source said.