Texas Rangers: Could We See Matt Garza Reunion in 2018?
By Andrew Webb
It’s no secret that the Texas Rangers are on the hunt for starting pitching this off-season. They’ve already signed Doug Fister, but could veteran righty Matt Garza be the next pitcher to join the Rangers?
The Texas Rangers have been rumored to be interested in top-tier pitching this off-season. Pitchers like Jake Arrieta, Alex Cobb, and Lance Lynn are all reportedly on the Rangers radar. Should veteran Matt Garza be a candidate as well?
The 34-year-old Garza went 6-9 with a 4.94 ERA in 24 games (22 starts) with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2017. The 12-year veteran has played with five different organizations including the Texas Rangers.
He was traded mid-season to the Rangers during the 2013 season. He was traded in exchange for Carl Edwards Jr., Justin Grimm, Mike Olt, and Neil Ramirez. Garza was 6-1 with a 3.17 ERA in 11 starts before joining Texas.
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He went 4-5 with a 4.38 ERA in 13 starts with Texas. The veteran journeyman could bring something to the Rangers at a low-cost. Pitchers like Arrieta, Cobb, and Lynn are going to cost a lot on the open market.
The Rangers still need to add a top-tier pitcher, because Garza isn’t elite. He has a 4.09 career ERA in almost 300 Major League games. Fister and Garza would be solid additions to the backend of the rotation.
Adding Garza won’t fix the problem, but it could help. He’s pitched in a World Series and has plenty of experience. You can never have enough pitching depth, and Garza can pitch out of the bullpen if needed.
If the price is right then the Rangers should explore this deal. This should be nothing more than a couple million dollars and a one-year deal. Similar to the Fister deal, just to add depth to the rotation.