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Jaime Garcia, Cardinals to announce a four-year $27.5 million deal today

Jul 13, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

Jaime Garcia

This was actually first reported by KTRS 550 AM in St. Louis six days ago, but at the time neither the Cardinals nor Garcia confirmed it.  Jon Heyman reports today, however, that the deal is, in fact, done, and that an official announcement could come as early as this afternoon.

Heyman’s report is just what KTRS said it was: four years, $27.5 million plus club options for 2016 and 2017.  Garcia is still pre-arbitration, so anything ending in “million” right now is a nice deal for him. For the Cardinals, this buys out the arbitration years and a couple years of free agency.

  1. spudchukar - Jul 13, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    Depending on the options, the Cards locked up an awfully good pitcher for awhile for fairly cheap. He already has had Tommy John surgery, giving him a leg (or more accurately an arm) up on durability. Maybe the cash can help him get his family out of that Hell-hole Reynoso.

    • cintiphil - Jul 13, 2011 at 1:22 PM

      I agree that it seems like a good deal for both the team and him. However, just because one has had T-J, surgery does not insulate him from more damage on the elbow. Also, why has he had some problems staying deep into a game? He seems to have trouble after 4-6 innings. I noted that he went from the best ERA in the league, to just average. Something is going on here.

      • spudchukar - Jul 13, 2011 at 2:03 PM

        It is actually pretty rare for a pitcher to have re-occurring elbow ligament damage. There have been a few, Kuo with the Dodgers is an example, but the surgery strengthens the cartilaginous tissue.

        As for going deep into games, you are correct. Last year, as a rookie coming off the surgery he was babied, wisely I might add. This year his pitch count has risen early in games because he continues to get ahead of hitters and then tries to make the perfect pitch or induce hitters to chase balls in the dirt.

        His rapid rise in ERA was primarily due to one outing following an extra-inning marathon, when he was asked to take one for the team, in Colorado to boot. His ERA jumped from 1.93 to 3.28, giving up 11 runs in 3.1 innings. In his last eight appearances he has maintained that ERA. He has been good, but not great in June and July, but the one anomaly in Denver probably cost him an All-Star bid.

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