Was the Texas Rangers Trade for Matt Garza Stupid?

Rangers Mailbag Question of the Week:

I think the Matt Garza signing was stupid. We gave up good prospects for a guy who will leave in a couple months. We have Matt Harrison almost back anyway. A waste of prospects if you ask me.

           -Dale

Jul 24, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Matt Garza (22) throws during the game against the New York Yankees at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Texas won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

If we are generally speaking about making trades at the deadline then I have to say I agree with you, Dale. Give me a cheap prospect with loads of potential and under contract for the next 5 years – any day. Any day except today that is.

The Rangers needed this to happen. They have been devastated with injuries to their starting rotation and were running out of time.

Maybe Harrison comes back shortly. But maybe he doesn’t. What if someone else falls to injury in the meantime? The Rangers have been sliding down the standings and they might have fallen out of contention by the time their injured players returned.

Signing Matt Garza not only buys them time while Harrison rehabs back, but Garza provides them a proven ace in the rotation once a playoff series begins. He will most likely be the #2 starter in any playoff series meaning he could potentially pitch twice in a series.

If the Rangers didn’t make this move there was a good chance they wouldn’t even make the playoffs. With Matt Garza they are now the favorites to win the AL West. I also hate giving up prospects but the reason the Rangers built such a strong farm system is for situations like this. They don’t have room for everyone on the team so trades must be expected.

Also keep in mind prospects are just potential. They haven’t proven anything. The odds of them making a difference in MLB are stacked against them. The Rangers traded a few mysteries for a sure thing (or as close to a sure thing as there is).

This trade needed to happen for the Rangers to have a legitimate chance.

 

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  • David Sharp

    I’m a huge Rangers fan and would obviously love for them to win the West (and much more). Having said that, I don’t know how anyone who has the Rangers and A’s play would say that they are the “favorite to win the West”.

    Again, I would love them to do great in the playoffs but we have to get there and as we all know, it isn’t the team that keeps the other team from scoring but the one who scores the most, that wins.

    • Reid Hanson

      At the time of the trade most analysts picked the Rangers to now be the favorites in the AL West. More telling, the Vegas odds dramatically shifted in the Rangers favor.
      But you’re right, watching these two teams play head to head the past year and a half, it seems pretty clear the A’s are the better team. For whatever reason the Rangers struggle every time they meet.
      Garza buys time for the rest of the injured pitching staff to get back in shape. No doubt the Rangers need more offense and they will be taking a big risk if they don’t do something by the deadline to address it. Whether they are favorites or not, they are in a much better situation with Matt Garza and can once again be considered “contenders”. That couldn’t be said before the trade.

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