Remember the days of sitting in the upper deck on a Wednesday night game in September, watching Casey Coleman or some other AAAA player get rocked by, like, the Blue Jays or Orioles or some other team that was as God-awful boring to watch as the Cubs were? Often, on those days, we would ask ourselves “Why am I doing this? What do I possibly gain from this?”
The best news of the day is that the Cubs moved Matt Garza to Texas for AAA third baseman Mike Olt, right-handed pitchers CJ Edwards and Justin Grimm, and a PTBNL. By all accounts, this is a great haul for the Cubs.
Edwards is the key to the deal. He was 8-2 with a 1.83 earned-run average at Class-A Hickory, with 122 strikeouts over 93 1/3 innings.
Olt, a first-round draft pick in 2010, was considered one of the Rangers top prospects last year, but has fallen off this season at Triple-A Round Rock. After homering against Iowa Sunday, Olt is hitting .213 with 11 home run and 32 RBIs, with a .317 OBP and a .739 OPS. Last year he hit 28 home runs with 82 RBIs at Double-A Frisco.
Grimm, a fifth round choice in 2010, already has major league experience, with an 8-8 career mark and 6.73 ERA. This year he’s 7-7 with a 6.33 ERA for the Rangers.
So vaya con Dios, Matt. Have a great time in Texas and say his to Geo for all of us.
As if the end of Matt Garza Watch 2013 was enough of a gift on a sun-soaked Monday afternoon, we also learned that Ryan Braun has been suspended, without pay, for the remainder of the 2013 season. Me so happy . . me want to cry:
Oh, and Braun also admitted that he’s a big fat liar who cheated at baseball:
“As I have acknowledged in the past, I am not perfect,” said Braun in a statement. “I realize now that I have made some mistakes. I am willing to accept the consequences of those actions. This situation has taken a toll on me and my entire family, and it is has been a distraction to my teammates and the Brewers organization. I am very grateful for the support I have received from players, ownership and the fans in Milwaukee and around the country. Finally, I wish to apologize to anyone I may have disappointed – all of the baseball fans especially those in Milwaukee, the great Brewers organization, and my teammates. I am glad to have this matter behind me once and for all, and I cannot wait to get back to the game I love.”
Cry me a river, Ryan. You stood up in front of the whole world and lied about using. Not only that, you were downright indignant that people would even level such (true) allegations against you. So enjoy hanging out with Rafael Palmeiro and Bill Clinton in the Unwarranted Indignation Hall of Fame. At least you’ll have plenty of time to work on your shitty t-shirt collection.
So tonight the Cubs head into Phoenix to play the Diamondbacks with a song in their hearts and Chris Rusin (0-0, 8.10) on the mound. I’ve never been one to celebrate a Chris Rusin start, but tonight who the hell cares? They could resurrect Roberto Novoa and start him, for all I care. I’m going to enjoy the hell out of this game.
First pitch is at 8:40 pm CT on CSN.