The Cardinals have a club option on starter Jaime Garcia‘s contract for the 2017 season worth $12 million with a $500,000 buyout. The club is still undecided about picking it up, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Garcia, 30, had battled injuries from 2012-15 but was able to make 30 starts during the 2016 regular season. That marked the first time he had made 21 or more starts since 2011. However, he finished with a 4.67 ERA and a 150/57 K/BB ratio in 171 2/3 innings. He allowed 26 home runs as well. Garcia attributes the increased home run and walk rates to mechanical issues he wasn’t able to overcome.
Garcia said on Sunday, via Goold, “The consistency wasn’t there. I’m not that pitcher. I’ve never been that pitcher, even when there have been injuries. I’ve never had a season like this where I’m healthy, I was just not consistent. So that’s something new. Something different. Something to improve.”
The Cardinals have already decided not to pick up the 2017 options on outfielder Matt Holliday and reliever Jordan Walden. They could do the same with Garcia. Goold notes that the Cardinals made Garcia available in trade talks during the summer.