Cardinals to pick up Jaime Garcia’s $11.5 million option for 2016

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Via columnist Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

There exists a little less intrigue today regarding the Cardinals’ offseason. The three-time defending NL Central champions have notified the recently retained representatives for lefthanded pitcher Jaime Garcia that they will assume his $11 million option for 2016.

It’s actually an $11.5 million option (but with a $500,000 buyout).

Garcia was pretty much off the radar heading into 2015 after making only seven starts in 2014 and nine starts in 2013 due to chronic shoulder issues. But he debuted in late May and posted a sensational 2.43 ERA and 1.049 WHIP over 20 regular-season starts for a team that finished with the best record in baseball. Garcia’s one postseason start against the Cubs was a bust, though he would later blame that on a stomach bug.

St. Louis also holds a $12 million team option on the 29-year-old southpaw for 2017.