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


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.

Bryce Harper is pandering hard to Philly fans

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Bryce Harper hadn’t even addressed his new hometown fans before his Phillies jersey started selling like hotcakes. Since then, he’s said all the expected things. Talking about joining the Phillies, he said, “From day one, it felt right … I always talk about family and being a family, being one unit, and I get that from this team. Every guy has your back and vice versa. I’m very excited to go into battle with these guys.”

Harper is continuing to pander hard to Phillies fans. Behold his latest Instagram post:

Has anyone ever really longed to see the Liberty Bell?

Harper also famously recreated that Chase Utley scene from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia with actor Rob McElhenney on Twitter:

In Harper’s next post, he will talk about alternating bottles of You-eng-ling beers with glasses of “wooder.” He’ll add that every so often he will treat himself to a steak sandwich with cheese on it, then go home to watch all of the movies in the Rocky series.