St. Louis Cardinals

Cardinals exercise Garcia’s option, decline option on Broxton; team drops Kozma, others from 40-man roster

The St. Louis Cardinals confirmed Monday that they have exercised their $11.5 million option on left-hander Jaime Garcia for the 2016 season.

The team declined their option on reliever Jonathan Broxton and announced that infielder Pete Kozma and catchers Ed Easley and Travis Tartamella have been outrighted off the team’s 40-man roster.

Garcia, 29, was 10-6 with a 2.43 ERA in 20 starts in 2015, going 7-2 from Aug. 1 until the end of the season. The Cardinals were 10-2 in his 12 games started during that span.

Garcia is 52-32 with a 3.31 ERA in 126 career games and has a 3.25 ERA since 2010, when he finished third in National League Rookie of the Year voting, is seventh-best amongst all major-league lefties.

Broxton, 31, was 3-3 with a 2.66 ERA in 26 games pitched for the Cardinals following his acquisition on July 31 in a trade with Milwaukee.

Kozma, 27, appeared in 76 games for the Cardinals, while Easley, 29, and Tartamella, 27, both made their big-league debuts during the 2015 campaign. Kozma batted just .152 with two RBIs in 99 at-bats.

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