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Garza “100 percent” traded to Rangers
PHOENIX – So much for Dale Sveum’s “100 percent” likelihood that Matt Garza would make Monday night’s scheduled start for the Cubs.
Restructuring a deal with the Texas Rangers that got held up over medical records Friday, the Cubs traded their best pitcher to the Rangers on Monday for third-base prospect Mike Olt, two starting pitchers and a player to be named later.
Olt, 24, ranked as high as No. 2 on the Rangers’ prospect list entering the season, was hitting just .213 with 11 homers, a .739 OPS and 89 strikeouts in 230 at-bats for AAA Round Rock this season.
He was 5-for-33 with 13 strikeouts in a 16-game big-league debut last season.
The Cubs also got big-league right-hander Justin Grimm, who was 7-7 with a 6.37 ERA in 17 starts for the Rangers – including three starts in July in which he failed to pitch more than four innings (0-2, 12.16).
Also included in the deal was Class A right-hander C.J. Edwards (8-2, 1.83 for Hickory).
The Cubs and Rangers have agreed on a PTBNL pool that includes minor-league right-hander Neil Ramirez, a former supplemental first-round pick who is 9-3 with a 3.68 ERA for Class AA Frisco this season.
Garza, whose elbow injury a year ago this month prevented a trade at last season’s non-waiver deadline was 5-0 with a 1.24 ERA in his final six starts for the Cubs.