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Potential Cubs/Rangers Matt Garza deal

Over the past few weeks, we've heard it all about the trade possibilities of Matt Garza. It now appears that a deal is close between the Cubs and the Rangers. The Rangers have always liked Matt Garza, last season and this season, and have always been involved in scouting/trade talks. What I'm going to do is try and out together potential trades with the players that have been rumored to be involved. I'll order these from what I think to be most likely to least likely.

1.) Cubs receive: SS Luis Sardinas, RHP Luke Jackson, RHP CJ Edwards

Rangers receive: RHP Matt Garza

2.) Cubs receive: 3B Mike Olt, RHP CJ Edwards

Rangers receive: RHP Matt Garza

3.) Cubs receive: SS Luis Sardinas, C Jorge Alfaro, RHP CJ Edwards/RHP Luke Jackson

Rangers receive: RHP Matt Garza

4.) Cubs receive: 3B Mike Olt, C Jorge Alfaro, RHP Luke Jackson

Rangers receive: RHP Matt Garza, C Dioner Navarro

5.) Cubs receive: LHP Martin Perez, C Jorge Alfaro

Rangers receive: RHP Matt Garza, C Dioner Navarro

As you can see, the players most involved are pitchers Luke Jackson and CJ Edwards. Both have put up some good numbers this year. Lets take a look.

Jackson: The 45th pick in the 2010 draft, the 21 year old is pitching for High A Myrtle Beach. This season he has posted a 2.55 ERA, striking out 93 and walking 41. Overall, this is a guy I would like in return. He can run his fastball up to 94 MPH and with some polish could be a good starter at the Major league level

Edwards: This one is intriguing. Edwards was a 48th round draft pick in 2011, certainly not a touted guy in the draft. However, he has been a monster this season at low A Hickory. He has posted a 1.83 ERA while striking out 122 in 93.1 innings. That's just about as dominant as you can be. With a fastball that can touch the upper 90's, he's been blowing hitters away. My questions are this; With the stuff he has shown right away in his professional career, why wasn't he drafted higher? At 21 and dominating low A, why hasn't he been challenged further? And with this sudden success, are PED's a possibility? Could he have started taking performance enhancers to gain an edge once he became a professional? I have no idea if minor league players are tested thoroughly and regularly for illegal substances. I'm certainly not accusing the guy of anything, but it's not very often you see a 48th round draft pick make a splash like this. I'd hate to see the Cubs get a player whose success was steroid driven.


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