Cardinals Trade Jaime Garcia to Braves for Three Prospects

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After picking up his 12 million dollar option on his contract earlier this off season, the Cardinals traded pitcher Jaime Garcia to the Atlanta Braves on Thursday for three prospects.  In the deal, the Cardinals acquire Class A second baseman Luke Dykstra, the son of former major league outfielder Lenny Dykstra; righthander Chris Ellis, who finished the season in Class AAA in 2016; and John Gant, who was 1-4 with a 4.86 ERA in twenty games with the Braves. Seven games were starts after spending the bulk of the season at Class AAA Gwinnett.

The 30-year-old Garcia finished his Cardinals career with an impressive 62-45 record and 3.57 earned-run average. But Garcia’s seven year stay with the Cardinals was marred with several injuries, rotator cuff, elbow and thoracic outlet. Garcia was healthy in 2016, making 30 starts but compiling just a 10-13 record with a 4.67 ERA.