CINCINNATI, OH - APRIL 30: Neil Ramirez #54 of the Chicago Cubs pitches in the eighth inning of the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on April 30, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Cubs won 9-4. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
We all remember that Matt Garza trade. Of all the trades Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels has won, this was not one of them. When the deal went down to acquire Garza to fortify the Rangers' starting rotation, it was pretty much universally loved by Rangers fans and local media. Then, it completely backfired as Garza was painfully mediocre and spent a half-season in Texas before signing with Milwaukee in the off-season.
You win some, you lose some, and the Rangers definitely lost this one.
One of the players the Rangers gave up for Garza was right-handed pitcher Neil Ramirez, who was called up by the Cubs a couple of weeks ago to fill out an empty bullpen spot and has excelled in his new role.
The 24-year-old has made four relief appearances for the Cubs and has given up just one hit and one walk in his 3 2/3 innings of work. His ERA is a perfect 0.00, and he's beginning to become a trusted bullpen piece for the young Cubs.
Add in what vision-challenged slugger Mike Olt could become, or injury-plagued pitcher C.J. Edwards, and this deal could be remembered someday as one of the all-time failures of Daniels' tenure.