Matt Garza is the best pitcher that appears to be available for trade. Garza will become a free agent at the end of the season, and the Chicago Cubs are currently taking offers for the right-hander. Many teams, like the Pittsburgh Pirates, Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals have shown interest in Garza. The one team that seems to have the most interest is the Texas Rangers.
Texas is right in the thick of things in the AL West with a 54-41 record. Their current record is very impressive because they have suffered through a ton of injuries, especially in the starting rotation. They are currently struggling to find arms to throw out there every five days, and are definitely in the market to acquire a starting pitcher before the July 31 trade deadline.
With Garza being the best available and the Rangers having a deep farm system that surely interests the Cubs, the two teams match up very well as trade partners.
The Rangers also have some offensive holes that the Cubs could help them fill. Their usual DH Lance Berkman is on the DL with a hip injury and left-fielder David Murphy leaves plenty to be desired. Cubs slugger Alfonso Soriano could help fill that void. Soriano is hitting .259 with 16 home runs and 49 RBIs this season. He has been on a tear recently, hitting nine home runs in his last 16 games before the break. Soriano looks very rejuvenated and would be a nice addition for the Rangers.
Mike Olt is a guy that has been mentioned a ton in Garza rumors. He was ranked the 22nd best prospect in all of baseball by Baseball America before the season. Olt is a corner infielder that has struggled a bit this year and has surely slipped down that list. That being said, he still has a ton of power and would be a nice addition to the Cubs’ already impressive list of position player prospects.
The guy that I have my eyes on for the Cubs is left-handed pitcher Martin Perez, who was the 81st ranked prospect heading in to the season by Baseball America. Perez definitely climbed that list this season as he has filled in at the major league level very nicely.
In six starts with the Rangers, Perez is 3-2 with a 3.00 ERA. He could probably use a little bit more seasoning in the minors, but he is a very talented pitcher that the Cubs would love to get their hands on.
Garza alone will not net two guys of the caliber of Olt and Perez. If the Cubs package Garza and Soriano together, Olt and Perez suddenly becomes realistic. This deal makes a lot of sense for both sides. Soriano and Garza would fill holes for the Rangers as they look to play in the World Series again, while Perez and Olt would add to an already-impressive group of prospects for the Cubs and speed up the rebuilding process.