Aaron Gleeman

Cardinals keep Jaime Garcia for 2016, decline Jonathan Broxton’s option

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St. Louis has exercised its $11.5 milliion option on Jaime Garcia to keep the left-hander around for 2016, but has declined its $9 million option on right-hander Jonathan Broxton to make him a free agent.

Garcia had a rough playoff start, but was fantastic in 20 regular season outings after coming back form his latest arm problems. He’s always a major health question mark, but Garcia has a 3.31 ERA in 724 career innings through age 28 and will be a big part of the Cardinals’ rotation.

Broxton was acquired from the Brewers on July 31 and did a solid job for the Cardinals in a setup role with a 2.66 ERA and 26/12 K/BB ratio in 24 innings, but as a good but not great reliever he’d have been overpriced at $9 million. Instead he gets a $2 million buyout–some of which is covered by the Brewers as part of the trade–and hits the open market at age 32.