Chicago Cubs: Remember the Matt Garza trade to Texas?

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Cubs gave him every opportunity

Injuries plagued him at the start of 2015, causing him to miss almost the entire season. On April 16, 2015, he was put on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. He eventually played in 19 games but did not make the playoff roster.

He was eventually put on waivers in May of 2016 and picked up by the Milwaukee Brewers on May 31. He’s played for seven different organizations since his days with the Cubs.

Like Ramirez, Grimm had a fantastic 2014 and 2015 campaign with the Cubs in their youth movement. In 69 innings, Grimm gathered a 3.78 ERA in 2014 and 1.99 ERA in 2015, but he also pitched fewer innings in 2015.

Tough to watch

The last two seasons have been hard to watch. He became more of a specialist against mainly right-handed batters or innings eater when the Cubs trailed. He spent time at Triple-A Iowa to try to gain some confidence back, and it just didn’t happen. Last season he allowed a career-high 12 home runs. It wasn’t much of a shock that he was released.

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Now that Grimm is released, Edwards is the lone player left from the trade. As stated above, it took some time for him to reach the majors as he was a late-season call-up in 2015, where he only pitched 4 2/3 innings.

The 2018 campaign will be big for him as he looks to put together back-to-back seasons of high leverage work.

In the end, both teams won this trade. The Rangers didn’t lose a superstar, and the Cubs had some bumps in the road, but looks like they found one gem out of that circa of players.