ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers finally have Matt Garza in their starting rotation.
Texas acquired 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 two 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 later, possibly two, depending on who is chosen by Chicago.
"We paid a steep price in talent to acquire Matt, but we did so knowing that we've got other guys in the system," Daniels said. "What it comes down to, ultimately why we got him, beside the desire, is we had the players to do it."
Garza (6-1, 3.17 ERA), who can become a free agent after this season, has made 11 starts since missing the first seven weeks this season with a strained left lat muscle. He is 5-0 with a 1.24 ERA his last six starts.
Garza had been scheduled to start Monday night for the Cubs in Arizona. He will instead start for the Rangers against the New York Yankees, likely Wednesday night.
Daniels said Garza was scheduled to fly from Arizona to Texas later Monday night, and join the Rangers on Tuesday.
Tampa Bay traded Garza to Chicago instead of Texas after the 2010 season. The Rangers were also interested in Garza last summer before he missed the last two months with a stress reaction in his right elbow, and they instead acquired Ryan Dempster from the Cubs.
All-Star right-hander Yu Darvish came off the disabled list to start Monday night's game for the Rangers at home against the Yankees in the opener of a four-game series. Darvish in essence missed only one start because of a right trapezius strain, but hadn't pitched since July 6.