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Are the Texas Rangers Looking to Replace Derek Holland Outside of the Club?

Texas Rangers’ General Manager Jon Daniels was a guest on ESPN Radio 103.3FM Rangers Hot Stove this past Sunday. Among other topics covered, JD was asked if there was a change of urgency in going after Masahiro Tanaka now that Derek Holland is out until the All-Star break due to his recent knee surgery. Jon Daniels replied

No.  You know who you like and who you don’t.  Who you can afford and who you can’t.

When asked if the Texas Rangers would use a pitcher from within the organization or go outside and get someone, he was more candid than I had expected,

[We] may go out and get someone.  I’d venture and say we probably will.

Does this mean that Matt Garza might be back in the mix?  Even though the Texas Rangers have been rumored to working on a one-year deal with Jerome Williams, Garza could still be Daniels’ choice.

The Texas Rangers had showed interest in Matt Garza when he first became a free-agent in 2011, after he threw a no-hitter against the Detroit Tigers in 2010.  However, Garza signed with the Chicago Cubs, where he was later traded to the Rangers in 2013.  The Texas Rangers were hoping to have Garza rise to the occasion and help get to the post-season; however, Garza had a rough time in the short time he started.  In the 13 games he started he gave up 47 runs, 12 home-runs and ended the season with a 4.38 ERA.

After becoming a free-agent at the end of the 2013 season, Matt Garza is aiming for a long-term contract, which Daniels is not unlikely to give.  Although, with the Rangers #2 starting pitcher out, Daniels is clearly looking to sign a pitcher to add depth into the rotation and knows that Garza is more than capable of providing that.  With pitchers reporting to Spring Training in 28 days, Garza might be ready to negotiate a deal that the Rangers feel comfortable with.  Jon Daniels could offer Matt Garza a one year deal that would make it worth while for both parties.  That would also give Matt Garza a full season to display his value to the organization, which could later turn into a multi-year deal, which would be a win-win for Garza and the Texas Rangers.

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  • Lee Stitzel

    Awesome choice of picture. I love watching Garza throw bunts and choppers back to the mound into the seats.

    May I politely weigh in on an argument you make in your final paragraph? You argue that Garza can be a number two pitcher. My heart screams, “No” and the numbers, depending on your definition of number two pitcher, say probably not. Holland was worth 4.8 WAR to Garza’s 2.2. Holland’s ERA and FIP are 3.42 and 3.44. Garza’s 3.82 and 3.88, both of which are better than his career numbers. If you are looking for Garza to replace Holland’s production, you will be disappointed. Holland is more than two wins and a nearly half a run better than Garza, if you help out Garza by including his Chicago numbers. That makes Holland an entirely different caliber of pitcher than Garza. Additionally, Holland is likely improve over the next few years while Garza will likely regress.

    • lmhw24

      I don’t think Garza could give us the number that are of Holland caliber, but I think if JD can get a year out of him, he’s a better choice than Jerome Williams. I did enjoy, on a small level, the tantrum Garza threw in Oakland because of bunting.

  • MidniteTease

    If the Rangers get someone to replicate Holland’s 2013, I think it will most likely be Harrison or Perez. Therefore, I’m more excited about the prospect of picking up someone from outside like Garza, but without Garza’s crazy salary expectations. I know there are legitimate reasons to consider Garza a top-of-the-rotation pitcher, but it sure seems there are a lot of question marks, as well. Picking up one more reliable middle- or back-end guy like Maholm or Williams will probably be the most effective and efficient choice.