How does Garza deal affect A’s?
On July 3, Matt Garza defeated the A's, giving up just one run and stiking out five over eight innings. (USA TODAY IMAGES)
The A's main competition for the AL West crown made a big move on Monday in their attempt to catch the defending division champs.
The Rangers acquired starting pitcher Matt Garza from the Chicago Cubs for three minor leaguers and potentially two players to be named later.
Garza, arguably the biggest name on the trade market, is 5-0 with a 1.24 ERA over his last six starts with the Cubs. One of those six starts was a win against the A's on July 3. Garza gave up just one run on four hits and three walks over eight innings and struck out four.
The Rangers were reportedly close to acquiring Garza last Friday, but the deal fell through when the medical records were exchanged for all the players involved in the deal.
Over the weekend, Fox Sports reported that the A's were trying to jump in to the Garza Sweepstakes.
The thought of the A's acquiring Garza was enough to scare the Rangers to do whatever they had to do to get a deal done with the Cubs.
Sources: A's late involvement in Garza sweepstakes pushed Rangers to up ante. General sense is Cubs got great return for 2 months of Garza.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 22, 2013
Garza is scheduled to make his Rangers debut on Wednesday against the Yankees and if nothing changes, he will face the A's on August 3 in Oakland.
Matt Garza's 1st 3 scheduled starts for #Rangers: Wednesday vs Yankees, next Monday vs Angels and August 3 at Oakland— Mike Peasley (@PeasESPN) July 23, 2013