Chicago Cubs: Remember the Matt Garza trade to Texas?

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The return package

Many don’t remember, but Olt was the big piece in the trade. He was a former top prospect but struggled to have sustained success at the major league level. In 65 games with the Rangers Triple-A affiliate in 2013, Olt had a strikeout percentage at a dismal 33.2 percent. He had 89 strikeouts in 268 plate appearances.

But when he did create contact, the ball was hit hard and far. In 2012, slugged 28 home runs in his full season at Double-A and only 101 strikeouts in 421 plate appearances. His down season at the next level made him available while he still had value.

Ramirez was a power-throwing right-handed reliever who pitched 103 innings for the Rangers Double-A affiliate in 2013, the most he’d ever endured since 2010. He had an era of 3.84.

Grimm had struggled in Triple-A as well but was coming off a superb 2012 campaign in Double-A, throwing 83 2/3 innings with a 1.72 era. There was potential.

Edwards was considered a nice piece as well, but many knew it would be a few years until he’s reached the major league squad. There was a reason to be excited with his 1.83 ERA in 93 1/3 innings at the Rangers Single-A affiliate in 2013.