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Some more details on how the Matt Garza trade played out, and why it came to fruition when it did. It sounds like it wasn’t the Cubs turning up the heat, but instead, another team. And that’s what caused the Cubs to finally accede to the Rays’ demands for at least the inclusion of top pitching prospect Chris Archer.

The teams had been talking for months, but the deal came together quickly this week, Cubs.com said. The Rays pressed the action by saying they had another suitor, and the Cubs, who had been reluctant, agreed to give up Archer. St. Petersburg Times.

That other team? The Texas Rangers.

Gammons said the Rangers tried to get catcher Robinson Chirinos from the Cubs and package him in a deal along with pitchers Derek Holland and Frank Francisco, and Minor League outfielder Engel Beltre.

But the Rays preferred what they were getting from Chicago because the Cubs were willing to put pitcher Chris Archer in the deal. A source said the Rays were close to doing business with the Rangers, but told the Cubs they could get Garza if they included Archer in the deal.

The Cubs huddled and decided to do the deal. If they had said no, the Rangers would have added Garza to the rotation. The Rays ultimately really wanted Archer. Texas Rangers Blog.

Does this color your view of the trade? On the one hand, I like that the Cubs, faced with the risk of losing out on Garza, sacked up and made the deal. On the other hand, this series of events confirms to me that the Cubs really did pay full asking price for Garza. Contend as you may that they had no other choice, but it still sticks in my craw a little bit to learn that the Rays got every inch of what they wanted for Garza, and they got it from the Cubs.

In the end, it will probably prove better to have done the deal than to have not. If that is how things play out, we’ll all have the Texas Rangers to thank.

  • CubsFanatic

    I find it funny that the Rangers have been connected to the Cubs so much recently. We stole Byrd from them, stole their hitting coach, stole the pitcher they tried to acquire, AND a possible trade that would land us Davis and O’Day. Ha ha. They must really hate us about now.

    • philoe beddoe

      …great inside info on how trade went down…

      … it didn’t appear that the Rangers missed Rudy Jaramillo as their hitting coach last year, or really missed Marlon Byrd for that much…

      …I will throw a topic out…what’s our order going to look like?…who bats 1-2, Castro, DeWitt(yuck)…

      • CubsFanatic

        I have a strange feeling they are ganna try Soriano to lead off again to begin SP…*Shivers*

        • Chirs

          Yikes! I sure hope not…I am hoping Quade bats him 7th or he is the Right-handed bat off of the bench…making him the most expensive back-up in the history of the universe..

          • Raymond Robert Koenig

            And only half way through his contract!

            • mike

              Thanks for the reminder!! This is one of many reasons why Hendry needs to be done. He’s tied to Soriano and instead of admitting failure and cutting his losses, Hendry will keep running him out there and block the potential development of the minor league prospects. A new GM simply tells Ricketts, Soriano is a sunk cost, we need move toward the future.

              • Raymond Robert Koenig

                You’re welcome. Excellent post, too! I’m surprised Ricketts didn’t get rid of Hendry as soon as he took control.

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  • Bric

    It’s true we got Jaramillo and Byrd from the Rangers last year for nothing going to them. But on the other hand we gave them Andres Blanco for a PTBNL. I never did find out what we got back. Ace and company… anyone know?

    • Raymond Robert Koenig

      I read that it was a PTBNL or cash. Not sure if the deal’s been completed.

    • Ace

      Can’t find it, but I’m 99% sure the Rangers just sent along cash.

  • BT

    I’m confused. Wouldn’t the Cubs have some say about sending Chirinos to the Rangers? How were the Rangers going to package him if the Cubs didn’t trade him?

    That being said, Ace you are right that the Cubs paid full price, but more than anything, if the Rangers were going to trade Francisco, Holland, Beltre AND someone else, it just proves that full price for Garza was pretty damn high.

    • Ace

      To the first point, I think the implication is that, if the Rays preferred the Rangers’ package (including Chirinos) to the Cubs’ package (including Chirinos), the Cubs were going to trade Chirinos to the Rangers in the much-rumored Chris Davis/reliever deal.

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