Texas gets Matt Garza in trade with Cubs
Rangers give up three players to acquire right-hander for stretch run.
Texas acquired Matt Garza from the Chicago Cubs in a trade completed Monday, getting a pitcher they had long coveted just more than a week before the July 31 non-waiver trading deadline and several days after it initially appeared that the teams had a deal in place.
“He’s an extremely talented pitcher that’s had success in the toughest of divisions and the biggest of stages, who’s throwing the ball as well as anybody right now,” Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. “It’s a power repertoire, a little bit of a different look from what we’ve got, and he was available. ... He was in our opinion the best guy on the market.”
The 29-year-old right-hander provides a boost to a starting rotation plagued by injuries and a team that slipped three games behind Oakland in the AL West after being swept in a three-game weekend series at home against Baltimore.
Texas sent the Cubs rookie right-hander Justin Grimm, top prospect third baseman Mike Olt and Class A pitcher C.J. Edwards. There will also be at least one player to be named, possibly two, depending on who is chosen by Chicago.
• A lawsuit seeking $12 million from Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig says he and his mother lied to Cuban authorities about a plan to smuggle the player out of the country. The suit filed in Miami by Miguel Angel Corbacho Daudinot lists Puig and his mother Maritza Valdes Gonzalez as defendants. Corbacho Daudinot is serving a seven-year sentence of “prolonged detention and torture,” which he alleges was caused by Puig and Gonzalez saying he was trying to hatch a plan to smuggle Puig out of Cuba.
• Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp is expected to miss three games after spraining his left ankle.