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August 23, 2013

Rangers send Neil Ramirez to Cubs to complete Matt Garza trade

The Matt Garza trade has been finalized with the Texas Rangers sending minor-league right-hander Neil Ramirez as the player to be named later to the Chicago Cubs.

Ramirez joins right-handers Justin Grimm and C.J. Edwards, as well as infielder Mike Olt, as the four-player package given to the Cubs.

Ramirez had been linked to the trade from Day One, so it's not a surprise to see him head to the Cubs, who had the option of picking either Ramirez or two other pitching prospects to complete the trade.

Ramirez, who went 9-3 with a 3.84 ERA in 21 starts with Double A Frisco, has been assigned to the Cubs' Double A affiliate in Tennessee.

The Rangers took Ramirez with the 44th overall pick in the 2007 draft, and he rose through the minor leagues before suffering a setback last season. He started the season at Triple A, but ended it in Double A. He has pitched better this season, however.

The Rangers now have 39 players on their 40-man roster.

-- Drew Davison

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