Everybody knows the Chicago Cubs have been set on trading Matt Garza for quite some time, the anticipation for a deal began to boil over on Friday and then the right-hander was finally dealt to the Texas Rangers.
Chicago definitely wanted to get rid of Garza and his expiring contract so the team can focus on its future with promising young prospects. Mike Olt is a promising 24-year-old infielder with plenty of potential in the batter’s box and on the diamond and he headlines the package of minor-leaguers the Cubs received in exchange for Garza.
For Texas, this is a deja vu situation that is reminiscent of the Cliff Lee deal in 2010. The Rangers traded for the lefty and his expiring contract halfway through the season and rode the ace all the way to their first World Series trip and then watched him bolt north to the Philadelphia Phillies a month later.
Texas is now in a similar situation as Garza will be a free agent at the end of the year, regardless of whether or not he helps the team win its first title. So get ready for the Garza sweepstakes again this offseason and a wild ride for the Rangers until then.