Jaime Garcia thriving as Cardinals' fifth starter

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Jaime Garcia claimed the Cardinals’ final rotation spot with a standout spring training and is 2-1 with a 1.04 ERA through four starts after shutting out the Braves for seven innings Wednesday.
Garcia struggled to consistently throw strikes in the minors after Tommy John surgery in 2008, but so far at least control hasn’t been an issue and the 23-year-old rookie’s raw stuff is good enough to miss bats and induce ground balls.
He’ll no doubt go through some rough patches eventually, but Garcia has No. 2 starter upside in a rotation that already boasted a pair of aces in Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright, not to mention a resurgent Brad Penny.

Clayton Kershaw returning to Dodgers on 1-year, $20M deal

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LOS ANGELES — Clayton Kershaw will pitch for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2023 after signing a one-year, $20 million deal.

For the second straight year, the Dodgers didn’t extend a qualifying offer to the three-time Cy Young Award winner. Instead, they gave him additional time to mull his future, and he once again decided to stay with the only franchise he’s ever played for during his 15-year major league career.

The 34-year-old left-hander was 12-3 with 2.28 ERA in 22 starts last season. He struck out 137 and walked 23. Kershaw made his ninth All-Star team and started the Midsummer Classic for the first time in his career at Dodger Stadium.

Last April, he became the franchise’s all-time strikeout leader with 2,697. He reached 2,800 strikeouts in his last start of the regular season on Oct. 5 against Colorado. Kershaw ranks 24th all-time with 2,807.

Kershaw has a career record of 197-87 with a 2.48 ERA. He won his only World Series title in 2020, when the Dodgers beat Tampa Bay during the pandemic-shortened season.