Cardinals send LHP Jaime Garcia to Braves for 3 prospects

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jaime Garcia throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Billy Hurst)

ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals have traded left-hander Jaime Garcia to the Atlanta Braves for a trio of prospects, including second baseman Luke Dykstra, the son of former All-Star Lenny Dykstra.

The Cardinals also got right-handers John Gant and Chris Ellis on Thursday.

Garcia has spent his entire injury-interrupted career with the Cardinals, going 62-45 with a 3.57 ERA and helping St. Louis win the World Series in 2011. But the 30-year-old was just 10-13 with a 4.67 ERA last season, and jettisoning his $12 million contract for next season gives the Cardinals some flexibility in free agency.

They have already signed reliever Brett Cecil to a four-year, $30.5 million contract, leaving an outfielder the biggest hole remaining on their roster.

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