After their initial trade fell a part during the evaluation of medical records on Friday, the Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers managed to work around the medical red flag and reach a deal on Monday.
The Chicago Cubs will send starting pitcher Matt Garza to the Texas Rangers for four prospects. Those four prospects are third baseman Mike Olt, right-handed pitcher C.J. Edwards, right-handed starting pitcher Justin Grimm, and a player to be named later.
Edwards figures to be in line for a promotion to Double A in the near future. In 18 starts with the Rangers’ class A affiliate this season, Edwards posted an ERA of 1.83.
Olt figures to be starting at third base for the Chicago Cubs by no later than August. Olt was considered a blue-chip prospect last season, however, his value has dropped significantly after struggling this season with the Rangers’ Triple A affiliate. Olt is hitting .213/.317/.422/.739 in Round Rock to go along with 11 home runs and 32 RBIs.
Grimm figures to be in the Cubs’ starting rotation when healthy. Grimm, who was rated as the Rangers’ fifth overall prospect, suffered an injury in his start against the Detroit Tigers on July 12. Grimm has struggled this season with the Rangers’ as the starting pitcher has an ERA of 6.78 in 17 starts this season. Though, the 24-year old pitcher projects as a middle of the rotation pitcher.
Overall, the Cubs return for Garza is being well received. Many baseball reporters term the deal as the Cubs’ receiving a haul of prospects for Garza. The key thing to note is that the Rangers likely will only have Garza for two months before losing him in free agency.
There has been doubt among Cubs’ fans about the inclusion of Olt in this deal, though that doubt may be misguided. Most of that doubt stems from the belief that the Cubs have too many prospects at one position. Word to the wise, a team can never have too many prospects at one position.
Edwards provides much-needed pitching to the Cubs’ farm system. Grimm is a major league ready starting pitcher and has been compared to Travis Wood. Wood is currently having an All-Star season for the Cubs.
For the Cubs, now that the Garza trade is completed; expect a handful of deals to be worked on in the days leading to the trade deadline.
The likes of Alfonso Soriano, Nate Schierholtz, and Kevin Gregg all figure to be the Cubs’ top remaining trade chips. Interest in Schierholtz and Sorianos appears to have picked up in recent days while many teams are looking for a reliever such as Gregg.