But the burning question is did the Rangers pay too high of a price for the best starting pitcher on the trade market?
Olt and Grimm have both shown a lot of promise in their young careers. Just last year, Olt was on the short list of prospects the Rangers would not part with under any circumstances, along with Perez and the incomparable Jurickson Profar. Grimm also impressed in his first MLB action last year. I was as enchanted with him as anyone after I watched his big league debut against the Houston Astros, when he allowed six hits and three earned runs in six innings en route to a win.
As impressive as they have been in the past though, both of these former Rangers saw their stock drop significantly this year. Olt has continued to play great defensively in the minors, but his hitting has dipped quite a bit as he has struggled with vision issues among other things. And Grimm has seen his share of struggles as a starting pitcher this year, particularly in the month of July when he has yet to last more than four innings in a game.
Baseball is a funny game and Grimm and Olt can still have long, successful careers outside of Texas (see Chris Davis), but for the moment it feels almost like a steal to get a quality pitcher like Garza for two players who have been trending down.
It remains to be seen whether or not Texas will be able to sign the newest Ranger to a long term deal at the end of the year, so for now he has to be considered a half-season rental. That means, assuming he can stay healthy, he will give the Rangers roughly 13 starts.
But 13 starts is still worth the price they paid.