In sending Garza to the Texas Rangers yesterday, the Cubs acquired more bats and more RHP. While reports of the deal are still a little fuzzy, some reports say that as many as five players could come to Chicago.
The centerpiece of the deal is Mike Olt, who’s currently the 19th overall prospect according to MLB.com. Olt was the 49th player taken in the 2010 amateur draft. Olt is a power-hitting third baseman with power to all fields. Furthermore, he could play corner outfield, which will be particularly relevant when Kris Bryant hits town and the Cubs eventually move on from Alfonso Soriano. Olt’s been struggling this year in the minors batting just .213 with a dismal .739 OPS in 65 games, but he is generally considered the second best 3B prospect in the game
The pitchers included in the deal include C.J. Edwards, who’s 22 years old and has a Single-A record of 8-2 with 122 K’s in 93 IP. He also boasts a 1.82 ERA. Another pitcher who is reported but not confirmed to be part of the deal is Neil Ramirez, who’s 9-3 with 117 K’s in 95 IP.
With the drafting of Bryant and the uncertainty around which arms are coming along with him, it’s tough call this Garza deal a slam dunk for the Cubs. I hope I’m able to eat my words, but this deal was seemingly in place on Friday, but Ryan didn’t want to give up Martin Perez. It seems that the Cubs have received some nice pieces, but if I were Theo I would’ve kept asking for more until the Rangers walked away and then went back to the negotiating after this series with the Yankees and Biogenesis humbled them a little bit to realize how far they are from a championship.
While I may have wanted Profar for Garza straight up, I sense that probably might’ve made me the laughing stock of the winter meetings.