Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Former Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Matt Garza is returning to the American League. Matt Garza is now a Texas Ranger.
The Chicago Tribune confirmed on Monday that the 29-year-old starter was dealt
to the AL West club for a package which includes infielder Mike Olt, pitchers
C.J. Edwards and Justin Grimm, along with a player to be named later. The deal
is contingent upon all players involved passing physicals.
Olt has struggled with Triple-A Round Rock this season, hitting just .213 with
11 home runs and 332 RBIs. That comes on the heels of a 28-homer, 82-RBI 2012
with Double-A Frisco.
Edwards had gone 8-2 with a 1.83 earned-run average at Class-A Hickory,
compiling 122 strikeouts over 93 1/3 innings.
Grimm is 7-7 with a 6.37 ERA in 17 starts for Texas but experienced right
forearm soreness after his last start on July 12 against the Tigers.
Garza had been scratched from his scheduled start earlier in the day as
trade rumors began to swirl. The Cubs are in Arizona's capital to kick off a
four-game series with the Diamondbacks.
Garza has gone 6-1 with a 3.17 earned run average in 11 starts this season,
his third with Chicago.
Chris Rusin has been slotted into Garza's place.
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