Jon Daniels is regarded as a pretty good baseball executive but, like anyone else, he’s made some bad trades to go along with his good ones. One such trade is his acquisition of Matt Garza from the Chicago Cubs last season, one that he now regrets.
In an interview with the Arizona Republic, Daniels shared his remorse over the trade.
“I thought way too short term with the Garza deal last year,” he said. “That one’s got a chance to haunt us and haunt me.”
Garza went 6-1 with a 3.17 ERA in 11 starts with the Cubs before the Rangers acquired him. He went 4-5 with a 4.38 ERA in 13 starts for the Rangers.
The Rangers gave up Mike Olt, C.J. Edwards, Justin Grimm and Neil Ramirez in the trade. Olt was once considered a strong power-hitting prospect, but he struggled in Triple-A last season. Grimm is 8-10 with a 6.35 ERA in 112 innings. Edwards is 22 and has gone 13-5 with a 1.72 ERA in 183 minor-league innings. Ramirez is a former first-round pick who spent the year at Double-A. He’s 36-35 with a 4.37 ERA in the minors.
I’m guessing off all the players they gave up, Daniels might be worried about Edwards haunting them. But, hey, you have to give something up to get something when it comes to trades, right?
H/T Dallas News