As has been reported for the last three years, the Texas Rangers are in apparent hot pursuit of the Chicago Cubs’ Matt Garza. This comes as no surprise since every time the 29-year-old right hander has been available, the Rangers have been in the mix. So what’s different this time?
First and foremost, mutual need.
The Texas Rangers currently have five starting pitchers on the disabled list. The Chicago Cubs are in full-on rebuilding mode and are looking to replenish their farm system with as many prospects as possible.
Secondly, the Chicago Cubs’ asking price might finally suit the Rangers.
The Cubs have been after the Rangers’ 22-year-old left hander, Martin Perez, for just about as long as the Rangers have Garza. However, just as in times past, the Rangers have put the nix on the inclusion of Perez of any deals. That is, anything short of a “blockbuster” type of deal for the likes of a Giancarlo Stanton or a David Price.
Per T.R. Sullivan, the Rangers are working on getting a deal done with the likes of Mike Olt, C.J. Edwards, and Neil Ramirez being bandied about. Apparently, the Rangers are giving Luke Jackson the “Martin Perez” treatment—at least for this deal—and leaving him out of the Garza trade discussion.
Mike Olt, clearly, is the biggest name involved in the trade rumor. Coming into this year, he was Baseball America‘s #22 Prospect in all of baseball.
Olt made his major league debut last season, and aside from one exciting walk-off hit, he was largely a letdown. Olt had a terrible start to the 2013 season, and was placed on the disabled list with some ocular issues. He had been playing better of late however, so now might be the best time to maximize his trade value.
C.J. Edwards, is a 22-year-old right hander, drafted out of Mid-Carolina in the 48th round of the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft. Edwards started this year at Class-A Hickory and is having a fine season—going 8-2 with a 1.83 ERA.
Neil Ramirez was drafted by the Rangers in the first round of the 2007 MLB Draft. Ramirez has been a somewhat frustrating prospect. A rapid climber during his first three seasons, Ramirez has been on a yo-yo swing between Triple-A Round Rock and Double-A Frisco since the 2012 season. Ramirez has been with Double-A Frisco all season, and has pitched well, going 9-3 with a 3.33 ERA.
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