Matt Garza, on the move (Getty Images)
Matt Garza has been the subject of trade speculation for months, so nobody can claim to have been blindsided by Monday's news: Garza has finally been dealt to the Rangers in exchange for a package of prospects.
Chicago will receive Triple-A third baseman Mike Olt, starter Justin Grimm, Single-A right-hander C.J. Edwards, plus a player to be named later. Yahoo!'s Jeff Passan and Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal were all over this deal on Monday, and various others have doggedly tracked this thing through the rumor stage.
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Without question, Garza is a nice boost for a Texas rotation swimming in injuries. The Rangers have been forced to rely on Grimm and Josh Lindblom for a combined 22 starts this season, yet they still only trail the division-leading A's by three games. We don't have the usual N.L.-to-A.L. fears with Garza, because he's already been a successful starter in the junior circuit over multiple seasons. He gave us three useful fantasy campaigns with the Rays not so long ago...
2008 – 30 GS, 184.2 IP, 128 Ks, 3.70 ERA, 1.24 WHIP
2009 – 32 GS, 203.0 IP, 189 Ks, 3.95 ERA, 1.26 WHIP
2010 – 32 GS, 204.2 IP, 150 Ks, 3.91 ERA, 1.25 WHIP
...and, at age 29, he's pitching as well as ever.
Obviously Texas in mid-summer isn't the friendliest environment, but Garza has won his last five starts for the Cubs (no small achievement), and he hasn't allowed more than two earned runs in any game since June 11. It seems reasonable to expect good-not-great ratios the rest of the way from Garza — think 3.90 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 7.3 K/9 — and a decent win total. Go chase him, A.L.-only owners. It may not get much better than this at the deadline.Read More »from Fantasy Trade Spin: Matt Garza to the Rangers for Mike Olt, CJ Edwards, others