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Rangers send RHP Neil Ramirez to Cubs to complete July 22 trade for Matt Garza


Arlington, Texas - The Texas Rangers announced today that the club has sent right-handed pitcher Neil Ramirez to the Chicago Cubs, completing a July 22 trade between the two clubs. The Rangers acquired right-handed pitcher Matt Garza in that trade in exchange for right-handed pitchers C.J. Edwards and Justin Grimm, infielder Mike Olt, and now Ramirez.

The deal was completed after the Cubs claimed Ramirez off waivers. He has been assigned from Double-A Frisco to Double-A Tennessee.

Ramirez, 24, was 9-3 with a 3.84 ERA (44 ER/103.3 IP) over 21 games/starts with Double-A Frisco this season. He led the Texas League in strikeouts (127) and ranked 5th in wins. The right-hander was in big league camp for the second straight spring this year after splitting the 2012 campaign between Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock. The Virginia native was a supplemental pick (44th overall) in the 2007 June draft and signed by Russ Ardolina.

With the completion of this trade, the Rangers now have 39 players on the club's 40-man roster.

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