Now Commenting On:

Hoyer reflects on anniversary of Garza trade

Hoyer reflects on anniversary of Garza trade play video for Hoyer reflects on anniversary of Garza trade

CHICAGO -- Tuesday marked the one-year anniversary of the Cubs' deal with the Rangers in which they sent Matt Garza to Texas for Justin Grimm, Mike Olt, C.J. Edwards and a player to be named later, who was Neil Ramirez.

Grimm and Ramirez are on the Cubs' big league roster, while Olt was sent down to Triple-A Iowa after Tuesday's 6-0 victory over the Padres and Edwards is rehabbing from shoulder issues. Garza went 4-5 with a 4.38 ERA in 13 starts for the Rangers, and then signed as a free agent with the Brewers in January.

"It's worked out well," Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said Tuesday. "That's the kind of deal -- we weren't in contention, Matt was a free agent, and we were able to get four players back who have helped us. Grimm and Ramirez have been a big help for the bullpen this year. C.J. got hurt and he's on his way back and we're confident of his future. Mike had a great spring, and it's a really good story. We saw him do it in spring -- he's got to get back to that point."

Grimm is second in innings pitched among the Cubs' relievers, and Ramirez was 3-for-3 in save situations. Olt leads all National League rookies with 12 home runs.

Edwards was scheduled to throw a bullpen session in Mesa, Ariz., on Wednesday, where he is rehabbing, and could play in the Arizona Fall League in October.

"It was a good deal for us and gave Matt a chance to get in the pennant race," Hoyer said.

Last year, the Cubs dealt two starters -- Garza and Scott Feldman -- and have traded two this month as well in Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, who were both sent to the Athletics on July 4.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español