Matt Garza has been the subject of trade talks around MLB this season. Although the Chicago Cubs have not quite been the bottom-dweller that they’ve been in years past, being overtaken by the lowly Milwaukee Brewers, they still have seemingly given up any hope they had at a possible playoff push.
Sitting 16.5 games out of first place as of Thursday afternoon, the Cubs wanted nothing more than to build for the future. The Texas Rangers, on the other hand, are in it to win it.
The two clubs are on opposite sides of the spectrum, as the Rangers find themselves just three games out of the top spot in the AL West.
What does this trade mean for the Rangers? Well, it’s exactly what this team needed to get over the hump. While the Rangers already possess one of the top pitching staffs in all of baseball, the addition of Garza will mean quite a bit when Texas gets into the later portion of the season.
Adding Garza to the rotation of Yu Darvish, Derek Holland and Alexi Ogando will make this team instant World Series contenders. Mix him with the potent lineup that the Rangers have, barring a possible substance-abuse suspension for Nelson Cruz, and you have one of the best teams in baseball.
Just how good has Garza been this season? He’s pitching phenomenally with a 2.87 ERA, a 7-1 record, and 62 strikeouts in just 12 starts. He will be a huge piece to the Rangers’ second-half puzzle and will prove to be just what the team needed.