Get To Know Matt Garza, The Newest Texas Ranger.
After weeks of rumor and speculation, the news finally broke this afternoon: According to reports, the Texas Rangers have acquired Cubs starter Matt Garza in exchange for Mike Olt, Justin Grimm and two other players to be named later.
Not too familiar with Garza? Well, know this: This acquisition is a sure sign that the Rangers' front office is still sporting a win-now mentality; the 29-year-old California native comes to Texas with his contract expiring at the of the season.
Here's what else you need to know about the fiery right-hander:
• Garza broke into the majors in 2006 with the Minnesota Twins.
• After largely ineffectual stints with the Twins in his debut season and again in 2007, he was traded to the Rays in November of 2007 as part of a package for troubled uber-prospect Delmon Young.
• In his three seasons with the Rays, Garza never failed to make 30 starts or pitch 180 innings.
• In 2009, he was part of a notable beanball war with the Yankees, during which he acknowledged that he intentionally threw a ball at Yankees first baseman (and former Ranger) Mark Teixeira.
• In 2010, he won 15 games and — most notably for Rangers fans — started and took a no-decision in Game Three of the American League Division Series between the Rangers and the Rays.
• After 2010, the Rays traded Garza and his escalating salary, along with two other players, to the Cubs for a five-player package highlighted by outfielder Sam Fuld.
• In his two plus seasons with the Cubs, Garza has pitched the best he ever has in his career, and was downright outstanding throughout the 2011 season.
• Garza's having a great season this year, too, earning a 6-1 record and a 3.11 ERA through 11 starts thus far.
• Off the field, Garza is married his high school sweetheart, with whom he has three kids.