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.
Braves minor league first baseman Braxton Davidson played the hero during the Arizona Fall League Championship Game on Saturday, but followed up his game-winning homer with what appeared to be a broken left foot.
Braxton had just lofted a 2-1 pitch from Nationals left-hander Taylor Guilbeau in the bottom of the 10th inning and was making his way around the bases when he started hopping on his right foot as he neared the plate. After being helped off the field, that the infielder was quickly taken to a local hospital for further examination, the results of which have yet to be made public.
The 22-year-old helped lift the Peoria Javelinas to their fifth AFL title and second since 2017. He went 2-for-5 with a single and home run in Saturday’s finale over the Salt River Rafters. During the regular season, he completed his third consecutive campaign in High-A and slashed .171/.281/.365 with a career-high 20 home runs and a .646 OPS through 481 plate appearances.