Jul 3, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Matt Garza (22) pitches against the Oakland Athletics during the eighth inning at O.Co Coliseum. Chicago Cubs defeated the Oakland Athletics 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Trade Rumors: Texas Rangers Want Matt Garza, Almost Had Him Last Year

Matt Garza is the hottest name in the MLB trade rumors market right now, but the Texas Rangers are a familiar name with a serious interest in the ace.

Apparently the Rangers wanted Garza badly last year and came within minutes of pulling off a deal to bring him to Texas. The Rangers apparently pulled out at the last second because of his injury issues. Interest in Garza from the Rangers has been upped once more this season.

All of this according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (h/t Zach Links):

The Rangers’ interest in Matt Garza is nothing new and two sources told Rosenthal that they nearly acquired Garza at last year’s trade deadline with one source saying it was within minutes of happening and the other saying it was really close.  The problem was that Garza was dealing with a triceps issue and it turned out that he didn’t pitch after July 21st.  The two sides were working on various contingencies right up until the last day but they eventually decided to just deal for Ryan Dempster instead.

So mark down the Rangers as having a serious shot at landing Garza as well. In fact, it appears it has been a long time coming. If the Rangers were so close to getting him last year, it’s hard to imagine they would find it that difficult to strike a similar deal and acquire him this time.


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