The Cardinals exercised their $11.5 million option on starting pitcher Jaime Garcia and declined reliever Jonathan Broxton’s $10 million option on Monday.
Garcia, a 29-year-old lefthander, returned to St. Louis’s rotation in May from a shoulder injury and posted a 10–6 record in 20 starts with a 2.43 ERA.
Broxton, who was acquired from the Milwaukee Brewers at the July 31 trade deadline, was 3–3 this season with a 2.66 ERA in 26 appearances. The righthander, 31, is now eligible for free agency and will get a $2 million buyout.
The NL Central champions also announced Monday that infielder Pete Kozma and catchers Ed Easley and Travis Tartamella have been outrighted to Triple A Memphis, thus freeing up three spots on their 40-man roster.
- Kayla Lombardo