Cardinals and Garcia Strike a Four Year Deal

Sports

July 13th, 2011 by Jim Field

ST. LOUIS, MO July 13, 2011 – St. Louis Cardinals Sr. Vice President &
General Manager John Mozeliak announced today that the Cardinals have
agreed to terms with pitcher Jaime Garcia on a four year contract with
two club options.  The Cardinals made the announcement this afternoon at
a press conference at Busch Stadium.

“Jaime is one the best young arms in baseball today,” said Mozeliak.
“We are excited to have him as part of the core of our pitching staff
for years to come.”

Garcia, 25, is 9-3 with a 3.23 ERA during the first half of this season,
which comes on the heels of one of the best rookie campaigns in 2010
where he was 13 – 8 with a 2.70 ERA (4th N.L.), ranking not only among
top rookie pitchers, but also the top Major League pitchers in several
categories.

Garcia’s career mark is 23 – 12, with a 3.06 ERA in 57 games, with 240
career strike outs.  In 2010, Garcia’s 2.70 ERA was the lowest by a
Cardinals’ left handed starter since John Tudor recorded a 2.40 ERA in
22 starts (25 games) during 1990.

Garcia was named both Rookie of the Year and Comeback Player of the Year
for 2010 by the St. Louis Chapter of the Baseball Writers of America
Association.

Garcia was selected by Baltimore in the 20th round (899th overall) of
the 2004 draft, but did not sign.  The 6-2, 215-pounder was born in
Reynosa, Mexico and currently makes his home in Mission, Texas, where he
attended Sharyland High School.

(Cardinals Press Release)