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Cardinals sign pitcher Jaime Garcia to a four-year deal

Cardinals Garcia throws to the plate against the Cubs during their game in Chicago
Cardinals Garcia throws to the plate against the Cubs during their game in Chicago

ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - The St. Louis Cardinals and starting pitcher Jaime Garcia agreed to a four-year contract extension, the team said on Wednesday.

The deal, which includes two club option years and is worth a reported $27.5 million, could keep the left-hander under contract through the 2017 Major League Baseball season.

"Jaime is one the best young arms in baseball today," Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak said in a statement. "We are excited to have him as part of the core of our pitching staff for years to come."

Garcia, 25, compiled a 9-3 record with a 3.23 earned-run average during the first half of the current season. He led all rookie pitchers in wins last season with a 13-8 record.

(Reporting by Gene Cherry in Raleigh, North Carolina; Editing by Frank Pingue)

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