Report: Cubs Close to Deal with Rangers for Matt Garza, Will Not Start Monday Night

According to a report from Ken Rosenthal, the Cubs and Rangers are close on a deal that would send Matt Garza to the Texas Rangers.

Rosenthal reported on Monday afternoon that Garza would not be making the start on Monday night against the Diamondbacks.

Updated 4:03pm CDTMultiple reports are indicating that Garza has been scratched from tonight’s start and has been traded to the Rangers.

Updated 4:08pm CDT – According to multiple  reports Mike Olt is in the trade along with RHP C.J. Edwards and a third player according to Ken Rosenthal. The third player is believed to be Joseph Ortiz.

Updated 4:15pm CDT – Multiple reports have indicated Mike Olt, C.J. Edwards and a player to be later will be sent to the Rangers for Matt Garza. Reports from Texas have indicated LHP Joseph Ortiz is in the trade. According to Jon Heyman and David Kaplan, the deal is done pending physicals.

Updated 4:22pm CDT – The Cubs have announced Chris Rusin will start Monday night’s game in Phoenix. The team is not ready to announce the trade yet.

Updated 4:29pm CDT – According to Jeff Passan, final deal: Cubs trade Matt Garza to the Rangers for Mike Olt, C.J. Edwards, Justin Grimm and PTBNL.

Updated 4:35pm CDT – According to the Sun-Times, confirmed deal done for Garza is 4 for 1 with Texas. Cubs get Olt, Edwards, Grimm and ptbnl from pool that includes Ramirez (Cubs choice)

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  • Tony_Hall

    Neither team wanted to walk away and the deadline of one more start got the deal done.

  • raymondrobertkoenig

    It will be interesting to see which injured Texas player is not included.

    • mutantbeast

      Im gonna bet Ramirez. Likely the Cubs get Jackson instead of Ramirez.

      • Bredstik

        That’s my hunch also.

  • MikeT_2008

    Rosenthal: Olt, Edwards, and a third player

    • CubbyDenCritic

      Thats what is being said.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Olt, Edwards & third player for Garza.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    I am updating as fast as I can. Please check above.

    • MikeT_2008

      I apologize if I overstepped myself Neil, guess I was just more excited that it finally happened.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Not at all man, I’m trying to keep up.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Third player is believed to be Joseph Ortiz

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=ortiz-011jos

    • BosephHeyden

      I can’t help but notice the lack of innings pitched, even for a reliever. I’m reading into that “history of injuries.” How close to right is that?

      • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

        I just read an article on him saying he’s quite a reliever. Guess he made a fan of Miguel Cabrara recently. But man he’s 5’7!

        • 07GreyDigger

          So? Mugsy Bogues was 5’3 and he played for years.

          • MikeT_2008

            And starred in Space Jam

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Updated 4:15pm CDT – Multiple reports have indicated Mike
    Olt, C.J. Edwards and a player to be later will be sent to the Rangers for Matt
    Garza. Reports from Texas have indicated LHP Joseph Ortiz is in the trade.
    According to Jon Heyman and David Kaplan, the deal is done pending physicals.

  • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

    What’s the deal on Ortiz?

    What happened to Sardinas?

    What are parameters of PTBNL? What keeps them from simply dumping some nobody on us? I still can’t believe we let Sardinas wiggle out of the deal. Olt, Edwards…good. But haven’t we lost a key piece in Sardinas? It seems this package is considerably worse than what was rumored Friday.

    • Tony_Hall

      Rumored……doesn’t mean it was ever true.

      • Bredstik

        Plus it doesn’t sound like Russell is in this deal, so the return would be less than what we were hearing on Friday.

    • Ryan

      Not disagreeing with you. I think the key in your report is ‘rumored’ Friday. It was also ‘rumored’ it was 99% done. Even with this thing apparently 100% done we don’t know the exact players. A lot can be rumored, my sense is this isn’t far from Friday’s package outside of replacing the Rangers player with bad medicals.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Chris Rusin is starting tonight

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Updated 4:22pm CDT – The Cubs have announced Chris Rusin will
    start Monday night’s game in Phoenix. The team is not ready to announce the
    trade yet.

  • Josh Man

    Apparently Justin Grimm is coming our way as well.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    According to Jeff Passan:
    Final deal: Cubs trade Matt Garza to the Rangers for Mike Olt, C.J. Edwards, Justin Grimm and PTBNL.

  • bpot92

    I feel like we were teased with the package from yesterday with Saldinas Olt Edwards and Ramirez significantly better than this for us throwing a good lefty specialist in there. Thats why it was only rumored i guess

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      RHP Justin Grimm is in the deal, not Ortiz.

      • Bredstik

        It looks like Grimm was the Rangers’ #5 prospect over the winter, according to Baseball America,

      • bpot92

        I don’t know much about Grimm, but I have heard he is a starter vs deliver correct?

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    The Sun-Times is reporting the following:

    Confirmed deal done for Garza is 4 for 1 with Texas. Cubs get Olt, Edwards, Grimm and ptbnl from pool that includes Ramirez (Cubs choice)

    • MikeT_2008

      Excuse my ignorance but is Ramirez (in the PTBNL pool) the one with the medical concerns?

      • daverj

        Sounds like the Cubs want to see how Ramirez’ shoulder holds up. If it doesn’t they’ll pick a replacement from the agreed upon pool.

        • MikeT_2008

          Well at least for me it will tough to pick apart the deal. Now the dominos should start to fall

  • Tom U

    I hope that the Cubs can get Rougned Odor in the deal, just so they can have a player named Rougned Odor.

  • daverj

    I like this deal. My guess is that despite the rumors from over the weekend, Sardinas was never part of the deal that fell apart.

    I suspect the original deal was Olt, Edwards, Ramirez and Grimm.

    • J Daniel

      I would concur that Sardinas was not in the deal unless possibly Russell was from the Cubs.

      Also agree in liking this deal. They gave up to get a rental. Now, none of the 4 may make it but 2 of the 4 might. That is what is so tough but still like it.

      • cubtex

        If all it would have took to include Sardinas would have have Russell….I would have helped him pack.

  • Brp921

    So we also get a PTBL…ideas?

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Neil Ramirez is on the list of players the Cubs would like to choose from.

      • Brp921

        I think a healthy Ramirez would make this a good trade.

      • cubtex

        What about Sardinas?

        • paulcatanese

          He’s still in a can.

          • J Daniel

            Good one, Paul!

  • Craig York

    Going out on a limb here, but what are the chances the Cubs resign Garza in the off season? He’s a pending free agent who loves the Cubs. Why not?!

    • J Daniel

      Not going to happen, always mentored, never happens.

    • BosephHeyden

      Everyone “loves” the team they’re with until they get traded. Then they’re “upset things didn’t work out with that team, but glad to be with their new team.” Garza won’t say it out loud, but he’s ecstatic to be on a contender right now, and if he gets another taste of the playoffs, chances are he will remain as far from Wrigley as he can.

    • John_CC

      Zero to 2% chance.

  • matthew8510

    hopefully sori is next

  • daverj

    From what I’m reading around the web, the consensus seems to be that the Cubs got the better end of this deal. Of course, we won’t really know for a couple years, but things look good at this point.

    I would think the Cubs system is Top 4 now behind the Twins, Pirates, and Cardinals.

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      We’ll know a lot more in spring training 2014. If Olt makes a case for himself amd Grimm is our #4 starter it will be hard not to say we got a good deal. Not even mentioning te upside of Edwards. Shoot, if we end up woth Ramirez he could make a cae for the rotation too.

      How’s this fr next year?

      Shark
      Wood
      Jackson
      Grimm
      Arrieta
      (Ramirez a breath away)

      Tough to not say a succesful trade season!

      • Tony_Hall

        Next year, we might see that very soon….

        • John_CC

          Right. How is it for next week?

          • J Daniel

            Not to worried about next week.

      • cubtex

        That would be a terrible rotation Boardrider. Sorry to burst your bubble. They would be definately worse with that rotation.

        • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

          I agree. Butnit would be young with upside. By 2015 it could be formidable. Ad in Hendricks. And whiever else and who knows? I’d lile to wacth that group grow next year.

      • Dorasaga

        Grimm was pitching wonder in stints with the Rangers. He should be a reliable, immediate return. The other prospects have been discussed on CCO, esp. Olt, always a Top-10 prospect. But I’m not buying it until I see it.

    • cubtex

      If the Rangers win a WS……they got what they needed. And…..I heard the Rangers are going to do everything they can to extend him.

  • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

    Sounds like Grimm has some potential. Even if it’s middle of the rotation-innings eater. Similar to Arrieta. Maybe more proven than Arrieta without as much upside.

    Will he join our rotation?

    • Tony_Hall

      I think so. Villanueva is going back to the pen or will be traded very soon. I think we will see Grimm and Arietta getting a lot of starts the rest of the way.

      • J Daniel

        I believe that is the right thing to do. Need to give them a good taste now.

    • cubtex

      Remember. Grimm was drafted by Theo in Boston. I thought he would be a possiblity

      • Denver Mike

        It just over a week ago we were throwing around alternate prospects, and I remember you mentioned Grimm at the time. Based on his minor league numbers, and Edwards performance to date + upside, I am far more satisfied with Olt, Edwards, Grimm plus two PTBNL that I would have been with Olt and Perez. No complaints here!

        • Cubtex

          Agreed. I would have loved Sardinas but they got a good haul. I am happy with what they got

  • raymondrobertkoenig

    Now to move Soriano back to the A.L.

  • J Daniel

    IMO, this is a REALLY good return for a player that WAS NOT going to resign. Although Olt has been struggling he might get it turned around. He could be moved in another deal as well. Definitely makes the system deeper!

  • cubtex

    Awesome! Thank god they did not start him tonight

    • Tony_Hall

      Rusin was in Arizona this morning, they never intended to start him after the break.

      • J Daniel

        They had to be prepared but they knew it would be a strong possibility.

  • cubtex

    I hope that PTBNL is Sardinas

    • Tony_Hall

      I really doubt it.

      • J Daniel

        I hope so as well and doubt it as well.

    • daverj

      I suspect the PTBNL options are all pitchers to replace Ramirez (if the Cubs don’t pick Ramirez). I don’t think Sardinas was ever part of the package coming to the Cubs.

  • paulcatanese

    Wonderful, Texas got a starter, hope they go to the Series.
    And of course, the Cubs got “prospects”, they will see how it turns out in “3 or 4 years”. sounds like a
    John Wayne movie talking to a 2nd Lt.

    • cubtex

      Grimm is mlb ready so we will see him now and we got Olt so we get to hear more Olt jokes!!!

      • J Daniel

        Tex, How close is Olt? At his age he should be close if he is going to be good enough? What about Vitters? I know the answer to that one, bye bye.

        • cubtex

          It will be interesting to see what they do with Vitters now. I think they will play him at other positions and see if he can end up as a utility guy to back up 1st base for Rizzo as a right handed compliment etc. With Olt’s age and already having gotten a cup of coffee in the big leagues….I think he could be the starting 3rd baseman for the Cubs as early as next year.

          • J Daniel

            That would be nice if Olt is the starting 3b next season.

    • Shawon O’Meter

      We traded a starter who was free to leave after this year and got back more talent. I don’t really see why it would matter if we win 78 or 74 games this year. We are not only acquiring talent but depth so for the first time in my life the Cubs should have some internal options should someone get hurt, need to be traded or just not pan out. How nice will it be if a prospect doesn’t pan out and we don’t just have a void at the position for a decade plus.

      • Tom U

        Positional redundancy

      • J Daniel

        Also, how nice would it be to have enough in the system to make a trade like this when they are in the race and need help?

        Perfect example was having enough to acquire Aram, Lofton, and Simon. Great trade that almost worked out.

      • paulcatanese

        Yeah, well Shawn, you’re probably not pushing the very short side of 80 yrs. either. I like what I see today, not four or five years down the road.
        Just different strokes for different folks:)

        • cubtex

          Well said Paul. Some of the younger posters don’t understand how long you have been waiting to see a winner and heard the same song and dance from other gm’s.

  • Tom U

    Juan Carlos Paniagua starts again tonight for Kane Co.

    • J Daniel

      Tom,
      Can you provide a little insight on him?

      • Tom U

        Paniagua has a really live arm with mid to upper 90’s fastball and a nasty power slider. The question, as usual, is control.

        • J Daniel

          Thanks, Tom. Hopefully can gain control!

  • Dorasaga

    Memory serves fresh, the Cubs traded their best pitcher to the Rangers just last year, Dempster for Hendricks & Villanueva:

    http://www.chicagonow.com/cubs-den/2013/05/sleeper-prospect-kyle-hendricks-opening-some-eyes/

    “GM Jon Daniels admitted at the time that the Cubs chose wisely and
    picked up 2 sleepers that they were hoping they didn’t have to give up.”

    Zen of the night.

  • Dorasaga

    More on Olt and Grimm:

    “The Boston Red Sox made a strong push to sign Grimm out of high school – he slid to the 13th round due to signability concerns… Working with professional coaches has helped unlock some of Grimm’s potential and he reached the majors in just his second pro season… He backs up his fastball with an above-average curveball and a solid changeup.. His above-average control helps his stuff play up and he has the ceiling of a No. 3 or a No. 4 starter.”

    “[Olt] ‘has easy power. The ball jumps off his bat and has a different sound than many hitters’… Olt isn’t afraid to take walks but he strikes out a lot, which will drag down his batting average. He struggles with pitch recognition at times and his swing can get long. He has a chance to be a .260 hitter with 20 home runs and above-average defense at third base.”

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/texas-rangers-top-15-prospects-2012-13/