Hoyer reflects on anniversary of Garza trade

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.

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