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Jaime Garcia | Starting Pitcher | #54

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (30) / 7/8/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 215
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 22 (0) / STL
Contract: view contract details
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Braves acquired LHP Jaime Garcia from the Cardinals for RHPs John Gant and Chris Ellis, and INF Luke Dykstra.
The deal was originally reported by Mark Saxon of ESPN.com and it’s now official. Garcia is the third addition to the Braves’ rotation this offseason, joining Bartolo Colon and R.A. Dickey. The 30-year-old southpaw managed to stay healthy in 2016, but he disappointed with a 4.67 ERA over 30 starts and two relief appearances while allowing a career-high 26 home runs in 171 2/3 innings. The Braves are taking a chance on a rebound and perhaps the potential to turn him into a trade chip. As for the Cardinals, they managed to dump his salary and get three prospects in return. Dec 1 - 6:40 PM

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Mark Saxon of ESPN.com reports that the Braves have acquired left-hander Jaime Garcia from the Cardinals.

The Cardinals are expected to receive three prospects in return. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that right-hander Chris Ellis and infielder Luke Dykstra are among them. Meanwhile, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation hears John Gant will also go to St. Louis. With Garcia, the Braves have added yet another veteran starting pitcher to go along with Bartolo Colon and R.A. Dickey. Garcia is coming off a 4.67 ERA and 150/57 K/BB ratio over 171 2/3 innings - his highest total since 2011 -- this past season and is owed $12 million in 2017 before hitting free agency. The Braves could potentially flip him to a contender if he has a strong first half. It's a smart buy for the rebuilding club.
Dec 1 - 6:05 PM

Cardinals exercised their $12 million option on LHP Jaime Garcia.

Garcia actually managed to stay relatively healthy for much of the 2016 season, but he finished with a rough 4.67 ERA in 171 2/3 total innings and the 30-year-old left-hander was especially bad down the stretch. He may have to fight for a rotation spot next spring, even with the $12 million salary hanging over that competition. St. Louis could be looking at Garcia as a possible offseason trade chip.
Nov 3 - 1:05 PM

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals are undecided on whether to exercise Jaime Garcia's $12 million option for 2017.

The 30-year-old Garcia managed to throw 171 2/3 innings this season — his highest total since 2011, but he finished with a career-high 4.67 ERA. This includes a 6.38 ERA in September. At the very least, the Cardinals could pick up the option and attempt to trade him over the winter during a weak free agent market for starters. Garcia's option includes a $500,000 buyout.
Oct 4 - 10:11 AM

Jaime Garcia lasted just one inning Monday against the Reds, allowing two runs on four hits.

Garcia received another chance in the rotation after a nice relief outing last week, but this one wound up amounting to another relief appearance. He gave up a pair of home runs in the first and also showed no interest in holding baserunners, as the Reds stole three bases in the first and had another one overturned only after Jose Peraza slid off the bag. The Cardinals' bullpen wasn't any better, with Michael Wacha and Luke Weaver also getting knocked around. It will likely be either Garcia or Weaver on Saturday versus the Pirates, and neither option looks appealing right now.
Sep 26 - 11:59 PM

Jaime Garcia will start on Monday against the Reds.

The Cardinals are pushing Adam Wainwright back a day to Tuesday and moving Luke Weaver to the bullpen. Garcia was demoted to the bullpen just over a week ago but earned another shot after allowing one hit and striking out five over four scoreless relief innings Wednesday. He's probably too risky to stream in fantasy leagues given his second-half struggles.
Sep 23 - 12:54 PM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Cardinals shopped Jaime Garcia prior to the trade deadline.

Garcia pitched well for much of the first half but has hit a wall since the All-Star break and recently was demoted to the bullpen. The Cards could look to trade him again this winter if they pick up his $12 million option for 2017, although Olney hears that the option could be declined.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 18 - 10:13 AM

Jaime Garcia has been demoted to the Cardinals bullpen in favor of Alex Reyes.

Garcia has been terrible for the past month or so and with the Cardinals playing for their playoff life, Reyes simply gives them a better chance to win at the moment. He shouldn't hold any fantasy value over the remainder of the season.
Sep 15 - 8:44 PM

Jaime Garcia's leash was short for Tuesday's start against the Cubs, exiting after allowing two runs over 1 2/3 innings in a no-decision.

Garcia has been largely bad for nearly a month, and after he loaded the bases with two outs in the second inning Cardinals manager Mike Matheny decided he'd seen enough. It turned out to be the right call, with phenom Alex Reyes getting out of the jam and the Cardinals holding the Cubs scoreless for the next seven innings. That spared Garcia his fifth consecutive loss, but it's unclear where he goes from here. The 30-year-old's days as a starter in 2016 could be over.
Sep 13 - 11:54 PM

Jaime Garcia allowed five runs on eight hits over 3 2/3 innings in Thursday's loss to the Brewers.

Garcia appeared to be have gotten back on track his last time out against the Reds, but Thursday was the fourth time in his last five starts that he's allowed at least five runs. Such inconsistency has been the name of the game for the 30-year-old throughout his career. Garcia now has a 4.58 ERA and 1.37 WHIP in 28 starts this year, falling to 10-12 with Thursday's loss. The southpaw's task doesn't get any easier Tuesday when the Cubs come to town.
Sep 8 - 10:32 PM

Jaime Garcia scattered six hits, two runs and four walks over six innings of work Saturday in a loss to the Reds.

He logged eight strikeouts while throwing 54 of his 93 pitches for strikes. Garcia kept St. Louis in the game but things unraveled after he left with the bullpen allowing seven runs over the last two frames. The left-hander has now lost three straight with a 6.88 ERA over that span. He'll try to get back in the win column Friday against Milwaukee.
Sep 3 - 8:08 PM

Jaime Garcia was lit up for five earned runs over seven innings Sunday in the Cardinals' loss to the Athletics.

Another rough outing for the 30-year-old left-hander, who has surrendered 16 earned runs over his last 16 innings. Given his injury history and relatively large workload in 2016, there is real reason for concern. A road start against the Reds is next for Garcia.
Aug 28 - 5:02 PM

Jaime Garcia was touched up for six runs on seven hits over four innings Tuesday, taking the loss against the Mets.

Garcia was in a three-run hole by the fourth batter of the game, but his offense was able to back him up with three runs of their own in the bottom half of the frame. Undaunted by his team's show of solidarity, Garcia proceeded to surrender two more runs in the second inning and a run in the fourth for good measure. Two of those seven hits left the yard, a troubling trend for the southpaw who has now given up six homers in his last three starts. Amazingly, he'd been on a three-game winning streak prior to Tuesday, dropping to 10-9 with a 4.37 ERA and 1.34 WHIP with the loss. An interleague date with the Athletics is on tap for Sunday.
Aug 24 - 12:45 AM

Jaime Garcia allowed five runs, including three home runs, over five innings Tuesday but got the win against the Astros.

In case you haven't heard, the win is a meaningless stat, with Garcia's "victory" serving as Exhibit T. The southpaw gave up seven hits, including the three home runs, and walked three on the evening, but eight runs of support were enough to get Garcia his 10th win of the season. It was also his third consecutive win, improving him to 10-8, and Garcia has a 4.11 ERA and 1.32 WHIP through 24 starts. He'll try to run his winning streak to four in a row Tuesday against the Mets.
Aug 17 - 1:11 AM

Jaime Garcia fired eight innings of shutout baseball while fanning 11 batters as the Cardinals beat the Braves 1-0 on Friday.

He also drove in the only run of the game with an RBI single in the second inning. That hit was one of only two the Cardinals got all night but they still won. Garcia allowed three hits and one walk in the masterpiece. He improves to 8-8 with a 4.04 ERA.
Aug 6 - 12:25 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Tyler Flowers
2Anthony Recker
3Tuffy Gosewisch
1B1Freddie Freeman
2B1Sean Rodriguez
2Jace Peterson
SS1Dansby Swanson
2Chase d'Arnaud
3Johan Camargo
3B1Adonis Garcia
2Rio Ruiz
LF1Matt Kemp
2Mallex Smith
CF1Ender Inciarte
RF1Nick Markakis
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Julio Teheran
2Michael Foltynewicz
3R.A. Dickey
4Bartolo Colon
5Jaime Garcia
6Aaron Blair
7Matt Wisler
8Williams Perez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jim Johnson
2Arodys Vizcaino
3Mauricio Cabrera
4Jose Ramirez
5Ian Krol
6Chris Withrow
7Chaz Roe
8Shae Simmons
9Paco Rodriguez
10Daniel Winkler
11Josh Collmenter
12Jacob Lindgren
13Jordan Walden
14Sam Freeman