The Atlanta Braves acquired left-handed starting pitcher Jaime Garcia from the St. Louis Cardinals, sources confirm to FanRag Sports. ESPN’s Mark Saxon was the first to report the news
While the Cardinals previously picked up Garcia’s club option for next season, St. Louis has now shipped him to the East Coast in exchange for a trio of prospects: John Gant, Luke Dykstra and Chris Ellis.
With Garcia’s $12 million club option for 2017 now in the hands of the Braves, so is another arm for their revamped starting rotation. In addition to retaining right-hander Julio Teheran to serve as their ace going forward, the Braves also signed free agent right-handers Bartolo Colon and R.A. Dickey to kickoff their offseason festivities.
The 30-year-old Garcia previously spent his entire eight-year big league career in St. Louis. Last season, while starting 30 of his 32 appearances, he amassed a 4.67 ERA across 171.2 innings of work. In what would become his final campaign as a member of the Cardinals, Garcia also managed a 10-13 record and 150 strikeouts against 57 walks.
Atlanta finished with the fifth-worst record in all of baseball last season at 68-93 while finishing the campaign on a more promising note following a tremendously slow start.