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.

Donaldson ejected for kicking dirt on plate after home run

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Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.

Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.

With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.

Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.

Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.

Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.

“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”

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