With former Ranger starting pitcher C.J. Wilson going to their division rivals, combined with the Albert Pujols signing, Texas could be more motivated to make a trade for Matt Garza.
It’s going to be interesting to see who wins the Yu Darvish posting. If the Rangers miss out on the exclusive contract talks with Darvish, they would feel heavy pressure to make a move on Garza.
Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago has tweeted that the Rangers and Cubs are discussing a package involving the Rangers’ top prospects and Cub starting pitcher Matt Garza.
With C.J. Wilson leaving for free agency, the Rangers are looking to replace his production with Garza. The top projected starting pitcher on the Rangers stands to be Derek Holland. While Holland went 16-5 in 2011, he produced mediocre peripheral statistics.
Neftali Feliz is slated to join the Rangers’ rotation, but he may not be ready to eat the appropriate amount of innings after two seasons in the bullpen.
Matt Harrison would most likely be booted off the rotation with an addition of Garza.
The mediocrity of the Rangers’ starters, along with their strong farm system makes them a prime trade candidate for the Cubs.
I took a look at what the Cubs could get from the Rangers in a Matt Garza trade earlier.