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The Rangers attempted to acquire Matt Garza from the Rays

Jan 8, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

Matt Garza pitching Rays

Doesn’t matter much now that a deal with the Cubs is complete, but according to Peter Gammons — and information passed along by T.R. Sullivan of — the Rangers pushed hard for Matt Garza this week.

The Rangers were willing to part with left-hander Derek Holland, right-handed reliever Frank Francisco and prospect outfielder Engel Beltre in a potential deal. Interestingly, the Rangers also attempted to secure catcher-infielder Robinson Chirinos from the Cubs in order to include him in the trade for Garza. Of course, the Rays eventually cut out the middleman, acquiring Chirinos on their own yesterday.

According to the report, the Rays preferred the offer from the Cubs because they were willing to include top pitching prospect Chris Archer. Not only does it look like the Rays took the deal with the best long-term upside here, but there probably wouldn’t have been a spot for Holland in their rotation this season, anyway.

  1. Jeremiah Graves - Jan 8, 2011 at 6:59 PM

    I still don’t get this deal from the Cubs’ perspective. They’re AT BEST the fourth best team in their division behind the Brewers, Cardinals and Reds. The Astros could even give ’em a legit run for fourth place if they can avoid the annual stumble out of the gates.

    The Cubs aren’t in any position to be trading away cheap, young talent right now. Perhaps someone should have let Jim Hendry know that?!

  2. spokes310 - Jan 8, 2011 at 7:12 PM

    You sure the Rangers didn’t try to re-acquire Joaquin Benoit instead? You know easy it is to get those two mixed up.

  3. shawon0meter - Jan 8, 2011 at 11:14 PM

    I love this trade for the Cubs.

    This puts them in a much better spot than they were towards making them actual division contenders. They still have a deep farm system and after this season, the payroll will go down significantly and they can be players in free agency again.

    I’m not scared of trading away “might-be” prospects.

    • paperlions - Jan 9, 2011 at 9:29 AM

      The Cubs didn’t have a deep farm system to begin with…prospects are about high ceiling, and the Cubs just don’t have many high ceiling guys, and few if any position players that have a ceiling as high as “solid/average regular”, much less any potential stars. That is a very old MLB roster, and they have no/little cheap talent on the way.

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