Cardinals Lock Up Jaime Garcia Through 2017

Well, it's official (via MLB.com's Evan Drellich):

The Cardinals and left-hander Jaime Garcia agreed Wednesday on a four-year contract extension with club options that could keep him with St. Louis through 2017.

The deal is for a reported $27.5 million over the four guaranteed seasons.

--snip--

The extension covers Garcia's three years of arbitration eligibility as well as his first potential year of free agency. The option years would cover his second and third years of potential free-agent eligibility.

How good has Garcia been, since joining the Cardinals' rotation last April? Among National League starters with at least 250 innings over the last season-and-a-half, Garcia's 2.92 ERA ranks third, behind only Roy Halladay (2.44) and Cole Hamels (2.77).

The Cardinals have been careful with Garcia, limiting him to 163 innings last season and 117 (so far) this season. He's already gone through Tommy John surgery, and obviously the recovery went exceptionally well. There are no guarantees with pitchers, young or old. But Garcia seems like a pretty good bet to pitch effectively through the next four to six seasons.

Which means $27.5 million over the four guaranteed seasons looks like a bargain for the Cardinals. We can't fully evaluate this deal without knowing the dollars for those two option years, but we can guess they're club-friendly, too.

This is the way it's supposed to work. If I'm a Cardinals fan, I'm absolutely thrilled. As a baseball fan, I'm happy for everyone.

For more about Garcia and the Cardinals, please visit Viva El Birdos.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.