The St. Louis Cardinals will exercise their $12 million club option on Jaime Garcia.
As reported by Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com, the St. Louis Cardinals will pick up left-handed pitcher Jaime Garcia‘s option for 2017. The Cardinals chose to spend $12 million to keep Garcia for 2017 rather than spend $500k to buy him out.
BREAKING: #STLCards plan to exercise Jaime Garcia’s 2017 option, worth $12 million. Garcia’s return will give club added rotation depth.
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The Cardinals were said to be considering both choices for Garcia, but they ultimately chose to keep the lefty instead of pursuing other rotation options in an extremely weak free-agent class. There isn’t many options in free agency for top-to-middle rotation pitchers and there’s even fewer that are left-handed. But, this move in keeping Garcia makes things interesting going forward. The mix of St. Louis starters is incredibly deep and includes:
The 30-year old Garcia posted a 10-13 record with a 4.67 ERA through 171.2 innings in 2016. He’s sported the bird on the bat since 2008 and has been a staple in the rotation since 2010. Garcia has had his injury woes in 2013 and 2014 but in 2015 he went 10-6 through 20 starts with a 2.43 ERA.
After picking up Garcia’s option, John Mozeliak and the St. Louis Cardinals front office has a number of options. Garcia could be used as the only left-handed starter in the rotation for 2017, he could be traded to fill a need elsewhere, or he could become a spot-starter/reliever hybrid. If Garcia is going to be part of the 2017 starting rotation, then it is likely that another starter listed above will be dealt.