The Cubs finally made the highly anticipated trade of Matt Garza on Monday, receiving three players plus one or two players to be named later in exchange for the right-hander.
Third baseman Mike Olt and pitchers C.J. Edwards and Justin Grimm are the players coming back to Chicago in the deal. Here’s a more in-depth look at the newest members of the Cubs organization.
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Mike Olt will be viewed as the centerpiece of this deal, as he was ranked as the Rangers' No. 2 prospect heading into the year, according to Jason Parks of Baseball Prospectus (subscription required).
The power-hitting third baseman has 40 home runs and 116 RBI in 163 Double- and Triple-A games, which includes the 20 games he played while dealing with a strange vision problem.
The cause of his vision issues was never pinpointed, but many believe it was related to a concussion he suffered after being hit in the head during a Dominican League game last November. The eye issues seemed to have been cleared up, however. Olt has a .290/.410/.710 slash line with four doubles and three home runs in last 31 at-bats.
Olt has a high-strikeout rate (32.5 percent over his minor league and brief major league career), but that was known well before his vision issues came about and didn’t prevent him from being included on many industry top-prospect lists.
According to Parks, Olt is very solid defensively at the hot corner. His arm and glove are both adequate for the position, which should allow him to stay at third base for the foreseeable future.
Edwards has been one of the biggest surprises in the Rangers’ system this year. Many picked him as a sleeper candidate to breakout this season, but one would be hard pressed to find a preseason top prospect list with Edwards’ name on it.
Edwards has a smaller frame but can touch the mid-90s with his fastball. In 18 starts with Class-A Hickory this season, the 21-year-old righty has a 1.83 ERA and has struck out 122 batters over 93.1 innings.
The former 48th round draft pick has not given up a homerun over 160.1 innings combined over the last two seasons.
Justin Grimm is another interesting name coming over to the Cubs. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer are definitely familiar with the 24-year-old’s skill set, as they drafted him in the 13th round of the 2007 Draft when they were with the Boston Red Sox.
The righty was Baseball Prospectus’ No. 7 Rangers prospect heading into this season. Grimm has made 17 starts with the Rangers this year, compiling a 6.37 ERA and 68 strikeouts over 89 innings pitched. But his peripheral statistics suggest that he has been much better than those numbers show.
In addition to Olt, Edwards and Grimm, the Cubs will also receive one or two players to be named later in the deal, depending on who they select. Regardless, it will be a pitcher(s).
As for Garza, he’ll be joining a team that appeared in the World Series in both 2010 and 2011. The Rangers are 54-44 and currently sit three games behind the AL West-leading Oakland Athletics.
The right-hander was 21-18 with a 3.45 ERA in nearly three seasons as a member of the Cubs.