Rangers’ deal with Cubs for Matt Garza goes on hold

Posted Friday, Jul. 19, 2013  comments  Print Reprints
A

Have more to add? News tip? Tell us

Ross Wolf will be the Texas Rangers’ starting pitcher Saturday night at Rangers Ballpark, technically in place of the infirmed Nick Tepesch.

But Wolf will also be starting in place of Matt Garza, whom the Rangers had hoped to acquire from the Chicago Cubs so that he could start against the Baltimore Orioles.

A proposed deal, though, remained on hold Friday night as the Rangers seek an upgrade and a healthy arm for their starting rotation during what they expect to be another push for the postseason.

The two sides will continue talking, but one Rangers official said that it’s entirely possible no deal will be reached.

As of Friday afternoon, manager Ron Washington could say that the Rangers were involved in trade discussions.

“We know what’s being discussed, but we’re just carrying on with what’s here,” Washington said. “I’ll get excited if what we’re talking about comes to fruition.”

Buzz that a deal was near quieted some when it was reported that Garza, who accompanied the Cubs to Colorado for their weekend series, tossed a bullpen session ahead of his scheduled start Monday.

Meanwhile, the prospects reported to be in the package the Rangers were willing to surrender all took part in their teams’ games.

Third baseman Mike Olt batted sixth and played third base for Triple A Round Rock; right-hander Neil Ramirez was the starting pitcher for Double A Frisco; shortstop Luis Sardinas was in the lineup for Class A Myrtle Beach; and right-hander C.J. Edwards was the subject of some good-natured ribbing by his teammates at Class A Hickory.

They could all still be moved, along with possibly another player coming from Chicago. A Rangers official declined to say if an issue with the medical reports of the players involved caused the deal to hit a snag, though Garza opened the season on the disabled list with a strained left lat muscle (back) and was also injured last July before the July 31 trade deadline.

Olt was plagued by vision problems early in the season, and Ramirez has been on the DL the past two seasons.

Garza, 29, would give the Rangers’ rotation an instant upgrade, if for no other reason than he isn’t on the DL. The Rangers have five starting pitchers out, though right-handers Yu Darvish and Alexi Ogando are expected to start Monday and Tuesday, respectively, against the New York Yankees.

Colby Lewis (triceps tendinits) and Tepesch (elbow inflammation), though, probably are on target to return in mid-August, and Matt Harrison (back surgery) is aiming for late August.

Garza, who is a free agent after the season, is 63-62 with a 3.80 ERA in eight seasons with three teams, and is only 2-3 with a 6.04 ERA at Rangers Ballpark.

But Garza, 29, allowed one earned run over six innings for Tampa Bay at Rangers Ballpark during the 2010 American League Division Series. He was MVP of the AL Championship Series in 2008 and is 3-2 with a 2.48 ERA in his postseason career.

Jeff Wilson, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @JeffWilson

Looking for comments?

We welcome your comments on this story, but please be civil. Do not use profanity, hate speech, threats, personal abuse or any device to draw undue attention. Our policy requires those wishing to post here to use their real identity.

Our commenting policy | Facebook commenting FAQ | Why Facebook?





Friday, October 31Full Scoreboard
No games today
Full Scoreboard
Friday, October 31Full Scoreboard
Memphis «97Final | Box
Indiana89
Cleveland «114Final(OT) | Box
Chicago108
Philadelphia81Final | Box
Milwaukee «93
San Antonio89Final | Box
Phoenix «94
Portland94Final | Box
Sacramento «103
LA Clippers «118Final | Box
LA Lakers111
Full Scoreboard
Week 9Full Scoreboard
Thursday
New Orleans «28Final | Box
Carolina10Gridiron Replay
Sunday
Jacksonville 1:00 PM ET
Cincinnati TV: CBS
Tampa Bay 1:00 PM ET
Cleveland TV: FOX
Arizona 1:00 PM ET
Dallas TV: FOX
Philadelphia 1:00 PM ET
Houston TV: FOX
NY Jets 1:00 PM ET
Kansas City TV: CBS
San Diego 1:00 PM ET
Miami TV: CBS
Washington 1:00 PM ET
Minnesota TV: FOX
St. Louis 4:05 PM ET
San Francisco TV: FOX
Denver 4:25 PM ET
New England TV: CBS
Oakland 4:25 PM ET
Seattle TV: CBS
Baltimore 8:30 PM ET
Pittsburgh TV: NBC
Monday
Indianapolis 8:30 PM ET
NY Giants TV: ESPN
Full Scoreboard
Friday, October 31Full Scoreboard
Toronto «4Final | Box
Columbus1
Los Angeles2Final | Box
Detroit «5
Anaheim «2Final(OT) | Box
Dallas1
Nashville3Final | Box
Calgary «4
Full Scoreboard