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Rangers and Cubs close to Matt Garza deal, but won’t be completed tonight

Jul 19, 2013, 10:20 PM EDT

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Earlier tonight, reports indicated that a trade between the Rangers and Cubs involving Matt Garza was imminent, but it hit a “snag”. Although the two sides remain very close on the terms of a trade, it won’t be completed tonight, says Jeff Wilson.

Jeff Passan reported that the deal included prospects Mike Olt, Neil Ramirez, and C.J. Edwards. Olt was rated the #22 overall prospect by both Baseball America and entering the 2013 season. The third baseman made his Major League debut on August 2 last year, but did not have much success in his first go-around in the Majors. With Triple-A Round Rock, the 24-year-old Olt has a .208/.311/.394 line in 257 trips to the plate.

Ramirez is a 24-year-old right-hander currently starting for Double-A Frisco. In 92 innings, he has a 3.33 ERA  with 113 strikeouts. Edwards is a 21-year-old right-hander with Single-A Hickory of the South Atlantic League. In 93.1 innings, he has a 1.83 ERA with 122 strikeouts.

  1. jgarcia050 - Jul 19, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    stupid trade for rangers…giving up too Mich young talent for a middle of the rotation pitcher…Garza will not take the rangers to the next level

  2. bigmeechy74 - Jul 19, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    In other words, they never should’ve traded archer and hak ju lee for garza in the first place

  3. mophatici - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    bad trade on both sides. rangers giving up a lot for a #3 guy. top prospect going to cubs had vision problems. c’mon guys, both sides can do better.

  4. laserrocketarm31 - Jul 20, 2013 at 4:34 AM

    Hmm…Archer will be a middle of the rotation guy and Lee is nothing but defense and we already have Barney… Garza is a top of the rotation pitcher not a middle rotation pitcher. I like Cubs trading for Olt last season but not this one. If Olt is not producing at this age why would anyone want him? We already have Josh Vitters. Garza for the top of the line pitching prospects ready to be 1 or 2 starters by 2015 or nothing else.

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  7. jbeagles23 - Jul 20, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    Garza is not a top of the rotation guy.

  8. wpjohnson - Jul 20, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    If the Rangers make this trade, they will prove that, in addition to fleecing the Braves in the Teixeira trade, they also acquired the ability to get seriously fleeced.

    Renting Garza will do about as well in getting the Rangers to the WS as did Teixeira for the Braves.

    Truly stupid and those who seem to favor the trade are equally stupid.

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